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Art Index: George Condo

George Condo (born 1957) is an American contemporary visual artist. He works in painting, drawing, sculpture, and printmaking, and lives and works in New York City.

Condo was born in Concord, New Hampshire. He studied art history and music theory at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Throughout his early life he studied guitar and music composition while pursuing his lifelong interest in painting and drawing.

Born in 1957 in Concord, New Hampshire, George Condo emerged onto the New York art scene at the same time as his friend Jean-Michel Basquiat who persuaded him to settle in New York at the end of the 70s. After a few exhibitions in various galleries in the East Village and a passage through Andy Warhol’s factory, Condo moved to Paris in 1985, where he lived for 10 years before returning to New York. The artist draws as much from Pop culture as from the history of art. His tragicomic paintings revisit and distort Goya, Vélasquez, Manet or Picasso. He willingly dismantles the artifice of representation in an “Artificial Realism”, which had influenced numerous artists from the generation of Glen Brown and John Currin (

Condo's The Cracked Cardinal (2001), Wikipedia

Featuring fractured portraits and aggressive imagery, Condo often recontextualizes paintings from the Old Masters with allusions to contemporary American culture, blending their imagery and techniques with aesthetics that echo Pablo Picasso and Willem de Kooning.” (

Condo's La Femme du jour (1987)Wikipedia

I describe what I do as psychological Cubism”

George Condo

Condo’s first public exhibitions were held in East Village galleries between 1981 and 1983. After a brief stretch working in Andy Warhol’s Factory, Condo decamped to Paris in 1985 for a decade. His influence can be seen in a range of contemporary painters, including John Currin, Glenn Brown, and Lisa Yuskavage.

In 2010, Condo collaborated with the musician Kanye West in producing cover art for his album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (

Condo's The Cloudmaker (1984),By Soundandlight - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

Condo has exposed his works in various museums around the world.

Condo’s work can be found in renowned public collections internationally, including: Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada; Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Dakis Joannou Collection Foundation, Athens, Greece; Museu d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona, Spain; Staedel Museum, Frankfurt, Germany; Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom; The Broad Collection, Los Angeles CA; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York NY; The Museum of Modern Art, New York NY; The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York NY; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York NY.


According to Condo’s turnover in 2019 is $29,796,386 with the last peak in price dated january of the same year.

Most of his works were sold in the range of $10,000-$50,000.

Distribution by price (by Artprice)

Upcoming public auctions for artworks by George Condo include Urbanscape (1993), Drawing-Watercolor, Pastel/paper, 77 x 51 cm with an estimate of $ 48,270 - $ 72,405, auctioned at Sotheby's from 02 Dec 2020 to 11 Dec 2020 in France.


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