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George Condo

Droopy Dog Abstraction, 2017

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Lot 5
Screenprint in colors on Coventry Rag 335gsm paper
18.0 x 16.0 in (45.7 x 40.6 cm)
Edition of 75
Signed, dated, and numbered on recto


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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.

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About George Condo

Contemporary visual artist George Condo (American, b. 1957) has described his work as “psychological cubism” or “artificial realism.” Reminiscent of de Kooning and Picasso, his paintings, drawings, and sculptures explore human nature and the madness of everyday life using stylized, cartoonish figures. Boasting features that often verge on the grotesque and absurd, his oeuvre remains humorous, empathetic, and critical. His rich pictorial inventions have been exhibited at The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C; the New Museum, New York; and the 2019 Venice Biennale. They also reside within the public collections of MoMA, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Tate Modern, Museo Jumex, and other international institutions.