George Condo


George Condo’s new sculpture, “Constellation of Voices,” on the terrace of the Metropolitan Opera’s facade. Credit George Condo/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Antonio Santos for The New York Times.

Mr. Condo, 61, is best known for his bold figurative paintings that blend old master techniques and cartoonish characters, capturing a range of emotions from many perspectives in a method he calls “psychological Cubism.” “In the early days of Cubism, you would see a violin from four different angles simultaneously,” he said. “I like to create a chaotic imbalance that then needs to be reassembled back into something aesthetically pleasing.” At the Met, he has translated his manic approach massively into three dimensions, creating a head at once classical, futuristic and abstract.

(Hilarie M. Sheets, “A Sun God? A Cyborg? No, It’s a George Condo Creation,” NYTimes, 10-29-19)

I was introduced to George Condo’s painting several years ago by a profile of him in the New Yorker. The article described in some detail his palette and his technique. It was extremely helpful to a novice painter.

(c) 2019 JMN

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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