Published on the occasion of the exhibition George Condo: Ink Drawings, this catalogue includes full plate images, details and foldouts of George Condo’s new works on paper. Since the beginning of his artistic career, drawing and works on paper have formed an important part of George Condo’s working practice. This exceptional series of monumental ink drawings, realised over a six-month period, marks an exciting new area of focus for Condo.
"My intention with this body of work was to explore the extreme possibilities of ink on paper. I used the medium to create transparent layers of colors. I thought of Rothko at times and his overlapping veils of transcendental space. I placed the figure into this kind of space and used lines to define their ambiguous presence in the void.”
Following his pivotal exhibition of Drawing Paintings at Skarstedt New York in 2011, Condo has explored the relationship between the directness of drawing and the controlled methods of painting. The new works on paper are characterised by a dark brooding palette and a return to the figurative in subject matter. Marking a deliberate move away from the abstract tendencies of previous work, this series heralds the beginning of a new stylistic engagement with a traditional subject in which the drama of the works is intensified by their impressive scale.
10 1/4 x 8 1/4 in. (26 x 21 cm.)
64 pages. Illustrated in colour throughout. Paperback.
Publication date: 7/1/2014
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