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George CONDO

Little Ricky

2004

oil on canvas

127.2 × 102.0 cm

signed on the upper left, signed, titled and dated on the verso

framed

ESTIMATE :
$725,000 - $1,359,400
CONDITION

Very good condition. The artwork is signed on the upper left, signed, titled and dated on the verso.

DESCRIPTION

George Condo (1957 - ) is an American artist known for his unique style of abstract figuration that he defines as ‘artificial realism’. With a background in art history, Condo draws from a wide range of references and contrasting aesthetics to depict a litany of weird and wonderful characters, both drawn from life and his imagination. From modernist masterpieces to 17th Century old master portraits, Condo’s works seamlessly reconfigure these recognizable styles to create something uniquely disturbing yet beautiful. Condo uses the compositional language of traditional portraiture to create caricature-like portraits that subvert conventional tropes of art with humor and irony, and captures the character’s various psychological states in a single painting. With their contorted features, ridiculous expressions and randomly placed objects, his subjects are rendered in an absurd manner that borders on the grotesque; a physical manifestation of the chaos of modern life. 'Little Ricky' is a painting from 2004 that depicts a mischievous looking youth with cigarettes placed in each ear, and a bottle balanced on top of his head. With his vapid expression and open-mouthed stare, Condo conveys a strong sense of the young man’s character, whilst the billowing cigarette smoke and the bottle with a bubble about to burst captures a comically surreal scene.

PROVENANCE

Sprüth Magers Lee, London
Monika Sprüth & Philomene Magers, Munich
Private Collection, Japan

EXHIBITED

"George Condo" 16 March - 7 May, 2005, Sprüth Magers, Munich

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