George Condo: The Return of Client No. 9, 2008
Oil on canvas
203 x 203 cm
© Adagp Paris 2009
Photo courtesy of Musée Maillol
George Condo: Lost Civilization
PARIS • Musée Maillol • Ongoing
|This George Condo exhibition at the Musée Maillol in Paris completes a trilogy of shows which began with an exhibition of paintings by Jean-Michel Basquiat and continued with the Parisian work of Keith Haring. These three artists who shared the same galleries all came onto the New York art scene in the early 1980s and their personal styles all made a mark on American painting and, more broadly speaking, on contemporary art in general. |
Born in Concorde, New Hampshire, in 1957, Condo’s canvases combine Cubism, Expressionism, Classicism and cartoon styles. He is one of the most influential American artists on the international scene today.
The canvases made between 2007 and 2008 are part of a series to which the painter has given the name Lost Civilization. Condo’s ideas about the artwork necessarily undergoing a mutation over time bring to mind André Malraux’s theory of the metamorphosis of art. With Lost Civilization, Condo produces “untimely” images in which the influence of the past combines with the irruption of the present. Like Francis Bacon Condo refers to the physiognomic theories of Lavater, according to which people’s physical features reflected their soul. The artist depicts mental states, imagining combinations of features to describe inner life.
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