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In his work, George Condo reflects on the illusion, madness, and absurdity of the modern era in a comically exaggerated manner while pushing towards a “visual correction.” Drawing inspiration from as far back as the Renaissance to mid-century American art movements, Condo incorporates techniques of the great masters throughout his oeuvre. In “Droopy Dog Abstraction,” the artist applied his encyclopedic knowledge of art history to pay homage to portrait iconography in Western Art. By adopting a frontal pose similar to Albrecht Dürer’s 1500s self-portrait, the part-dog part-man dressed in formal attire is represented in a godly manner. Condo contrasts the figure’s asserted high-status to its actual, sleepy or drunk, demeanor through which the artist comments on a collective blind admiration for the upper-class or VIP members of society.
Published by Art and Culture Projects, New York
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George Condo (American, b. 1957) is a contemporary visual artist working in the mediums of painting, drawing, sculpture, and printmaking. Grotesque and absurd, yet simultaneously naturalistic, his vast body of work is humorous, empathetic, and critical. These rich pictorial inventions straddle a space between comedy and tragedy, and the bizarre and the classically beautiful. Condo currently lives and works in New York City.