George Condo

Collection in Focus: George Condo

Listen to George Condo in conversation with Isabelle Dervaux, Acquavella Curator of Modern & Contemporary Drawings, to learn more about Condo's practice and the drawings in this recent acquisition.

George Condo
Female Portrait
Colored pencil on paper
17 3/4 x 17 1/4 inches (45.1 x 43.8 cm)
Gift of Anna Nikolayevsky.
© George Condo, Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photography by George Condo Studio
Curatorial Comments: 

In 2021, the Morgan acquired twenty-eight drawings by American artist George Condo (b. 1957) that offer an overview of his career over the last forty-five years. Drawing, or "visual thinking" as he calls it, is central to Condo's practice, which centers around the figure. Engaged in a continuous dialogue with earlier masters, from Rembrandt and Goya to Picasso and de Kooning, Condo uses traditional styles and techniques to create imaginary portraits in which wild distortions suggest extreme psychological states. "Everybody I draw is kind of a lunatic," he acknowledges.

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