George Condo is a contemporary American artist known for his unique figurative paintings. Featuring fractured portraits and aggressive imagery, Condo often recontextualizes paintings from the Old Masters, blending their imagery and techniques with aesthetics that echo Pablo Picasso and Willem de Kooning. “I describe what I do as psychological Cubism,” the artist has explained of his work. Born in 1957, the Concord, NH, he studied art history and music theory at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell. A member of the band The Girls during the late 1970s, Condo met Jean-Michel Basquiat in New York at a show, it was Basquiat that suggested he move down to New York to pursue a career in art. 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 Twisted Fantasy. A year later, the artist was the subject of a major retrospective exhibition “Mental States,” at the New Museum. Condo currently lives and works in New York, NY. Today, his paintings are held in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Rubell Family Collection in Miami, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., among others.

George Condo
George Condo
Concord, 1957
USA

Upcoming Exhibitions

Inaugural Exhibition of the Rubell Museum

The Rubell Museum
04/12/2019 — 30/11/2020

Past Exhibitions

George Condo: Expanded Portrait Compositions

Hong Kong Maritime Museum 27/03/2018 — 06/04/2018

George Condo: Life is Worth Living

Almine Rech
14/10/2017 — 18/11/2017

Shit and Die

Palazzo Cavour, Turin 05/11/2014 — 11/01/2015

Solo Shows

2012
George Condo, Schim Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
George Condo, Mental States, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
2011
Drawing Paintings, Skarstedt Gallery, New York, USA
George Condo, Mental States, New Museum, New York, USA
Drawings, Sprüth Magers, London, England
George Condo: a collection of etchings, Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles, USA
George Condo, Mental States, New Museum, New York, USA
George Condo, Boijmans van Beuingen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
George Condo, Hayward Gallery, London, England
2010
Cartoon Abstractions, Galerie Jérome de Noirmont, Paris, France
Family Portraits, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, Germany
The Lost Civilization, Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zurich, Switzerland
2009
George Condo, Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Milan, Italy
KolnSkulptur 4, Skulpturenpark Koln, Cologne, Germany
George Condo, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium
La Civilisation Perdue, Musée Maillol, Paris, France
2008
George Condo: Drawings, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, Germany
George Condo, Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Inc., Moscow, Russia
Christ: The Subjective Nature of Objective Representation, Luhring Augustine, New York, USA
Artificial Realism, Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow, Russia
2007
Nicholas Robinson Gallery, New York, USA
Simon Lee, London, England
New Works, Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zurich, Switzerland
2006
Wrong Gallery, Tate Modern, London, England
Existential Portraits, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium
Existential Portraits, Luhring Augustine, New York, USA
2005
George Condo: Sculptures, Skarstedt Fine Art, New York, USA
George Condo, Monica Spruth Philomene Magers, Munich, Germany
Disassembled Objects, Power House, Memphis, USA
One Hundred Women: Retrospective, Museum of Modern Art, Salzburg, Austria
2004
George Condo: Paintings From the Eighties, Briggs Robinson Gallery, New York, USA
George Condo, Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Athens, Greece
George Condo: Memories of Manet and Velazquez, Galerie Jerome de Noirmont, Paris, France
George Condo, Monika Spruth / Philomene Magers, Cologne, Germany
2000
George Condo: Jazz Paintings, Pace Wildenstein, 142 Greene Street, New York, USA
1999
George Condo: Silkscreen Paintings, Pace Wildenstein, Los Angeles, USA
George Condo, Texas Gallery, Houston, USA
New Paintings, Galerie Monika Sprüth, Cologne, Germany
George Condo: New Paintings, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich, Switzerland
George Condo: Televised Silkscreens, Sandra Gering Gallery, New York, USA
1998
George Condo, Monika Sprüth Galerie, Cologne, Germany
The Horse and the Cardinal: George Condo and William Burroughs Collaborative Works 1988 – William Borroughs George Condo Collaborations 1988-1996, Pat Hearn Gallery, New York, USA

Group Shows

2013
Intimate Distance, Arario Gallery, Seoul, Korea
55th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
Paintings & Sculpture, Sprüth Magers London, London, England
Paintings & Sculpture, Sprüth Magers Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Inner Journeys, Maison Particulière Art Center, Brussels, Belgium
2012
Richard Koh Fine Art, Singapore
2010
Beauty is Diamond, Laleh June Galerie, Basel, Switzerland
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
2009
Wall Rockets: Contemporary Artisits and Ed Ruscha, FLAG Art Foundation, Berlin, Germany
Just what is it that makes today’s painting so different, so appealing?, Gering & López Gallery, New York, USA
2008
Against All Odds: Keith Haring in the Rubell Family Collection, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, USA
It’s Not Over Yet, Invisible-Exports, New York, USA
God & Goods: Spirituality and Mass Confusion, Villa Manin Centre for Contemporary Art, Passariano, Codroipo, Italy
How to Cook a Wolf: Part One, Dinter Fine Art, New York, USA
The Luxury of Love, Vanina Holasek, New York, USA
Summer Exhibition, Skarstedt Gallery, New York, USA
Wall Rockets, The Flag Art Foundation, New York, USA
Blasted Allegories, Werke aus der Sammlung Ringier, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Switzerland
Out of Shape: Stylistic Distortion of the Human Form in Art, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie, USA
Live Undead, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland
2007
The Beholder’s Eye, The Salmagundi Club of New York, New York, USA
Create your own Museum: Highlights from a Private Collection, Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Inc., Moscow, Russia
Negotiating Reality: Recent Works from the Logan Collection, University of Denver Victoria H. Myhren Gallery, Denver, USA
Meet the Artists, Deitch Projects, New York, USA
Still Life and Kicking: a project with Vogue, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, USA
…Und immer fehlt mir was, und das qualt mich, Werkstadt Graz, Graz, Austria
Hold the line, Ferenbalm – Gurbru Station, Karlsruhe, Germany
My sweet sixteen party, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium
Effigies, Modern Art Inc. and Stuart Shave/ Modern Art, London, England
Fractured Figure, Works from the Dakis Jannou Collection, Deste Foundation – Center for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece
Block Party II, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, New York, USA
Automatic, Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, USA
Contemporary and Modern Masters, Richard Gray Gallery, New York, USA
The Present: The Monique Zajfen Collection, Stedelijik Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Zuruch zer Figur – Malerei der Gegenward, KunstHaus Wien, Vienna, Austria
Rockers Island: Olbricht Collection, Museum Folkwang Essen, Essen, Germany
Poetics Country, Ferenbalm-Gurbru Station, Karlsruhe, Germany
2006
Infinite Painting, Villa Manin Centro d’Arte Contemporanea, Codroipo, Udine, Italy
Zurück zur Figur. Malerei der Gegenwart, Kunsthalle der Hypo Kulturstiftung, München, Germany
Surrealism: Then and Now, Paul Kasmin Gallery & Edelmann Arts, Inc., New York, USA
Memento Mori, Mireille Mosler Ltd., New York, USA
Color Aside, Luhring Augustine, New York, USA
Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium
2004
Religious Paintings, Sprueth Magers Lee, London, England
…As Time Goes By, Leo Koenig Inc. & Gordian Weber Kunsthandel, Leo Koebig Inc., New York, USA
Malerei 7, Monika Spruth Philomene Magers, Cologne, Germany
2003
Depury Luxembourg, Zurich, Switzerland
Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich, Switzerland
George Condo: The Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Cambridge, USA
2002
Luhring Augustine, New York, USA
Schlosspark Wendlinghausen, Landscape Garden OstWestfalenlippe, Westfalen, Germany
Paintings 1993-2001, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, USA
Ahead of the 21st Century: The Pisces Collection, Donaueschingen, Switzerland
New York Expression, Bergen Art Museum, Bergen, Norway
2001
Monika Spruth-Philomene Magers, Munich, Germany
Physiological Abstraction, Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Paris, France
George Condon: Monika Spruth-Philomene Magers, Munich, Germany
Physiognomical Abstraction, Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Paris, France
2000
Portraits Lost In Space, Deitch Projects, New York, USA
Portraits, 11 Duke Street, London, England
Mental States, Patrick Painter, Inc., Santa Monica, USA
1998
Collage Paintings, PaceWildenstein, 142 Greene Street, New York, USA
Pages de Garde/End Papers, PaceWildenstein, Los Angeles, USA
1997
Collage Abstractions, PaceWildenstein, Los Angeles, USA
1996
Collage Paintings, PaceWildenstein, 142 Greene Street, New York, USA
Pages de Garde/End Papers, Pace Wildenstein, 142 Greene Street, New York, USA
Drawings 1976-1996, PaceWildenstein, Los Angeles, USA
Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France
IT Park Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
1995
McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, USA
Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, USA
Palais des Congrès de Paris, Paris, France
Zeichnungen, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich, Switzerland
Paintings and Drawings, PaceWildenstein, New York, USA
1994
Recent Paintings, PaceWildenstein, 142 Greene Street, New York, USA
1993
Galeria Salvador Riera, Barcelona, Spain
Galeria Fernando Latorre, Zaragoza, Spain
Sculpturen, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich, Switzerland
1992
Monika Sprüth Galerie, Cologne, Germany
Obra 1990-1992, Galerìa Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid, Spain
Stuart Regen Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Neue Bilder, Galerie Pfefferle, Munich, Germany
Gravats, Galeria Joan Prats, Barcelona, Spain
Galeria Salvador Riera, Barcelona, Spain
1991
Recent Paintings, The Pace Gallery, New York, USA
Galerie de Poche, Paris, France
Monika Sprüth Galerie, Cologne, Germany
Akira Ikeda Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Peintures récentes 1989-90, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France
Drawings, Galerie Kaj Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland
Paintings, Drawings, Prints, Michael Maloney Contemporary Art, Inc., Santa Monica, USA
The 1980’s: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
Contemporary Art from the Collection of Jason Rubell, Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, USA
Myth and Magic in the Americas: The Eighties, Museuo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, Mexico
1990
Academy-Institute Invitational Exhibition of Painting & Sculpture, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, USA
Le Visage dans l’art contemporain, Musee Des Jacobins, Toulouse, traveled to Musee du Luxembourg, Paris, France
Pharmakon 90, Nippon Convention Center, Makuhari Messe, International Exhibition Halle, Japan
The Last Decade: American Artists of the80’s, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, USA
Drawings of the Eighties: Part II, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
1989
1979-1989 American, Italian, Mexican Art from the Collection of Francesco Pellizi, Hofstra Museum, Hempstead, USA
I triennial de Dibuix – Joan Miro, La Fundacion Joan Miro, Barcelona, Spain
Sculpture by Painters, Pace Gallery, New York, USA
Exposition Inaugurale, Fondation Daniel Templon, Musee Temporaire, Frejus, France
Summer Installation, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
Aldo Crommelynck Master Prints with American Artists, Whitney Museum of American Art at the Equitable Center, New York, USA
Painting Beyond the Death of Painting, Koznetzky Most Exhibition Hall, Moscow, Russia
Waddington Galleries, London, England
1988
Monika Sprüth Galerie, Cologne, Germany
Neue Arbeiten, Monika Sprüth Galerie, Cologne, Germany
Paintings and Drawings, Pace Gallery, New York, USA
Galeria Leyendecker, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
Works on Paper, Vrej Baghoomian Inc., New York, USA
Recent Drawings, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
Biennal Exhibition, Whitney Museum of Americna Art, New York, USA
1987
Neue Bilder, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich, Switzerland
Monika Sprüth Galerie, Cologne, Germany
Gemälde/Paintings 1984-1987, Kunstverein, Munich, Germany
Paintings 1983-1987, Akira Ikeda Gallery, Nagoya, Japan
Monika Sprüth Galerie, Cologne, Germany
1986
Paintings, Akira Ikeda Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Recent Paintings, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, USA
Larry Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Drawings, Knights Gallery, Charlotte, USA
1985
Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, USA
Pat Hearn Gallery, New York, USA
Schilderijen en Tekeningen, Galerie `t Venster, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Neue Arbeiten, Monika Sprüth Galerie, Cologne, Germany
Major new works, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich, Switzerland
1984
Galerìa Leyendecker, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
Bilder – Zeichnungen, Monika Sprüth Galerie, Cologne, Germany
Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, USA
East Village Painters, Artists Space, New York, USA
1983
Terminal Show, Artists Library, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Paintings and Works on Paper, Ulrike Kantor Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Concord Country of birth: USA Date of birth: 1957