“I think the whole act of making art has nothing to do with the medium within which you work… You can paint, draw, write, etc., but the act itself always remains the same.”
The Museum of Cycladic Art presents the exhibition George Condo at Cycladic, the artist’s first large museum exhibition in Greece. The exhibition, which runs trough October 14, 2018, presents a total of 30 works -including paintings, sculptures and drawings – which span the past 20 years of the artist’s career. Exhibited for the first time is a series of paintings and drawings created in 2017, including a rare suite of self-portraits titled Self portrait in Paris 1-3 (2017) and Me, Myself and Him (2017).
Rather than a chronological display of the artist’s oeuvre in the form of a retrospective, George Condo’s exhibition at the Museum of Cycladic Art is a selection of paintings, drawings, and sculptures that implore us to explore the human figure, a principal theme of the Museum of Cycladic Art’s contemporary exhibitions program.
Condo, along with Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, and Jeff Koons, was instrumental in reviving figuration in America in the 1980s and is considered one of the most important American figurative sculptors and painters to this day. He belongs to a generation of artists who had to work their way backwards into realism, seeing that at the time, in a post Abstract-Expressionist landscape, figuration had been put on hold while conceptual art and minimalism were at the forefront of artistic practices. Balancing between the beautiful and the grotesque, the mundane and the absurd, high art and mainstream ‘pop’ art, Condo’s fresh artistic creations make of him one of the most inventive artists of his generation.
This exhibition aims to showcase the references, ideas and skills the artist has collected over time. Condo’s work, infused with deep literary, musical and art historical knowledge seems to be a reflection of his character, an extension of himself: charismatic, grand, insightful, cultivated, elegant, and with a great sense of humor. Cheeky grins, goggle eyes, rows of teeth, and budding heads—whether in black ink or in bursts of yellow, green, purple and orange—make up the figures of Condo’s frenetic world.