In the first extensive exhibition of George Condo’s work in Los Angeles, PRISM will present a selection of paintings, drawings and sculptures across a wide span of his career. Particular attention is given to his work over the last decade and the individual portraits that have distinguished Condo with one of the most resolute practices in contemporary art.
Acutely gifted in technique, Condo’s style often recalls Old Master painting, while his devotion to portraiture displays an enduring fascination with archetypes, character and psychology. Over three decades, Condo has painted hundreds of characters into being, working from his imagination to fuse the existing and the fictitious. His paintings are at once erotic, aberrant, humorous and absurd. Condo is celebrated for pushing his characters towards the beautiful and grotesque, finding the tension between attraction and repulsion, comedy and tragedy.
George Condo is considered one of the most prolific and influential American artists working today. Over the last 30 years he has drawn upon the painting vocabularies of Velázquez, Tiepolo, Goya and Picasso, while developing a singular language of his own. His work has been exhibited extensively throughout his career in Europe and America and is held in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art and The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Broad Art Foundation, Los Angeles, Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Ministère de la Culture, Paris and Museu d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona. In the last twelve months a major traveling survey of his work George Condo: Mental States has been presented at the New Museum, New York, the Hayward Gallery, London and Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt. This is the first solo exhibition of Condo's work at PRISM.
Following are a few images from the opening reception however this is definitely a show you should stop by to experience for yourself.
Through April 28, 2012