George Condo (American, b.1957) is a Contemporary visual artist who creates paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints. His work has influenced a whole generation of artists. Condo attended the University of Massachusetts in Lowell, where he studied art history and music theory. He moved to Boston after two years of college and worked in a silkscreen shop, then joined a band called The Girls with Abstract painter Mark Dagley. While in the band, Condo met Jean-Michel Basquiat, and this meeting prompted Condo to move to New York and seriously pursue a career as an artist.

Condo's first public exhibitions were held in East Village galleries between 1981 and 1983. It was also during this time that he worked in Andy Warhol's factory, applying gold dust to Warhol's Myths series. In 1983, Condo moved to Los Angeles, and had his first solo exhibition at Ulrike Kantor Gallery. He then moved to Germany and worked with the Mulheimer Freiheit group. His first European solo exhibition was in 1984 at Monika Sprueth Gallery. One of Condo's most famous works, The Cloudmaker, debuted at this exhibition.

While in Europe, Condo met Barbara Gladstone, and later, in 1984, had a two-gallery exhibition in New York at Pat Hearn Gallery and Gladstone Gallery. Condo also met and forged a friendship with Keith Haring, and produced several of his works during this period, including Dancing to Miles, which was included in the 1987 Whitney Biennial, and was completed in Haring's studio. One of Condo's greatest collaborative partners was William S. Burroughs. The two worked together on many paintings and sculptures between 1988 and 1996, and some of these works were exhibited at Pat Hearn Gallery in New York. They completed a series of writings and etchings titled Ghost of Chance, which was published by the Whitney Museum in 1991.

Condo is also well-known for book and album cover art. He provided the cover art for Jack Kerouac's Book of Sketches, and did the album cover for Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. He also worked on album art for Danny Elfman. Condo has had exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, the Musee Maillol in Paris, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Stalliche Kunthstalle Baden-Baden in Germany, and the Albright-Knox Museum in Buffalo, NY. Condo currently works and resides in New York, and is represented by Sprüth Magers, the Skarstedt Gallery in New York, and the Simon Lee gallery in London.

Timeline

1957
Born in Concord, MA
1976–1978
Studied Art History and Music Theory at University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA
1999
Academy Award in Art, American Academy of Arts and Letters
2000
Release of Condo Painting, a feature film directed by John McNaughton
2004
Visiting Lecturer on Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
2005
Francis J. Greenberger Award
2008
Annual Artist’s Award from ArtsConnection, New York
2008
Anderson Ranch National Artist Award
Lives and works in New York, NY

Exhibitions

2013
Intimate Distance, Arario Gallery, Seoul, Korea
55th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
Paintings & Sculpture, Sprüth Magers London, London, England
Paintings & Sculpture, Sprüth Magers Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Inner Journeys, Maison Particulière Art Center, Brussels, Belgium
2012
Richard Koh Fine Art, Singapore
George Condo, Schim Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany (solo)
George Condo, Mental States, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany (solo)
2011
Drawing Paintings, Skarstedt Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
George Condo, Mental States, New Museum, New York, USA (solo) (travelled to Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Hayward Gallery, London, England; and Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany)
Drawings, Sprüth Magers, London, England (solo)
George Condo: a collection of etchings, Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles, USA (solo)
George Condo, Mental States, New Museum, New York, USA (solo)
George Condo, Boijmans van Beuingen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
George Condo, Hayward Gallery, London, England (solo)
2010
Cartoon Abstractions, Galerie Jérome de Noirmont, Paris, France (solo)
Beauty is Diamond, Laleh June Galerie, Basel, Switzerland
Family Portraits, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, Germany (solo)
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
The Lost Civilization, Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
2009
Wall Rockets: Contemporary Artisits and Ed Ruscha, FLAG Art Foundation, Berlin, Germany
George Condo, Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Milan, Italy (solo)
KolnSkulptur 4, Skulpturenpark Koln, Cologne, Germany (solo)
Just what is it that makes today's painting so different, so appealing?, Gering & López Gallery, New York, USA
George Condo, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
La Civilisation Perdue, Musée Maillol, Paris, France (solo)
2008
George Condo: Drawings, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, Germany (solo)
George Condo, Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Inc., Moscow, Russia (solo)
Against All Odds: Keith Haring in the Rubell Family Collection, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, USA
It’s Not Over Yet, Invisible-Exports, New York, USA
God & Goods: Spirituality and Mass Confusion, Villa Manin Centre for Contemporary Art, Passariano, Codroipo, Italy
How to Cook a Wolf: Part One, Dinter Fine Art, New York, USA
The Luxury of Love, Vanina Holasek, New York, USA
Summer Exhibition, Skarstedt Gallery, New York, USA
Wall Rockets, The Flag Art Foundation, New York, USA
Blasted Allegories, Werke aus der Sammlung Ringier, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Switzerland
Out of Shape: Stylistic Distortion of the Human Form in Art, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie, USA
Live Undead, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland
Christ: The Subjective Nature of Objective Representation, Luhring Augustine, New York, USA (solo)
Artificial Realism, Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow, Russia (solo)
2007
Nicholas Robinson Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
The Beholder’s Eye, The Salmagundi Club of New York, New York, USA
Create your own Museum: Highlights from a Private Collection, Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Inc., Moscow, Russia
Negotiating Reality: Recent Works from the Logan Collection, University of Denver Victoria H. Myhren Gallery, Denver, USA
Meet the Artists, Deitch Projects, New York, USA
Still Life and Kicking: a project with Vogue, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, USA
...Und immer fehlt mir was, und das qualt mich, Werkstadt Graz, Graz, Austria
Hold the line, Ferenbalm - Gurbru Station, Karlsruhe, Germany
My sweet sixteen party, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium
Effigies, Modern Art Inc. and Stuart Shave/ Modern Art, London, England
Fractured Figure, Works from the Dakis Jannou Collection, Deste Foundation - Center for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece
Block Party II, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, New York, USA
Automatic, Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, USA
Contemporary and Modern Masters, Richard Gray Gallery, New York, USA
The Present: The Monique Zajfen Collection, Stedelijik Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Zuruch zer Figur - Malerei der Gegenward, KunstHaus Wien, Vienna, Austria
Rockers Island: Olbricht Collection, Museum Folkwang Essen, Essen, Germany
Poetics Country, Ferenbalm-Gurbru Station, Karlsruhe, Germany
Contemporary Art, Skarstedt Fine Art, New York, USA
Simon Lee, London, England (solo)
New Works, Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
2006
Wrong Gallery, Tate Modern, London, England (solo)
Existential Portraits, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
Existential Portraits, Luhring Augustine, New York, USA (solo)
Infinite Painting, Villa Manin Centro d’Arte Contemporanea, Codroipo, Udine, Italy
Zurück zur Figur. Malerei der Gegenwart, Kunsthalle der Hypo Kulturstiftung, München, Germany
Surrealism: Then and Now, Paul Kasmin Gallery & Edelmann Arts, Inc., New York, USA
Memento Mori, Mireille Mosler Ltd., New York, USA
Color Aside, Luhring Augustine, New York, USA
Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium
2005
George Condo: Sculptures, Skarstedt Fine Art, New York, USA (solo)
George Condo, Monica Spruth Philomene Magers, Munich, Germany (solo)
Disassembled Objects, Power House, Memphis, USA (solo)
One Hundred Women: Retrospective, Museum of Modern Art, Salzburg, Austria (solo)
2004
George Condo: Paintings From the Eighties, Briggs Robinson Gallery, New York, USA
George Condo, Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Athens, Greece
George Condo: Memories of Manet and Velazquez, Galerie Jerome de Noirmont, Paris, France
George Condo, Monika Spruth / Philomene Magers, Cologne, Germany
Religious Paintings, Sprueth Magers Lee, London, England
…As Time Goes By, Leo Koenig Inc. & Gordian Weber Kunsthandel, Leo Koebig Inc., New York, USA
Malerei 7, Monika Spruth Philomene Magers, Cologne, Germany
2003
Depury Luxembourg, Zurich, Switzerland
Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich, Switzerland
George Condo: The Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Cambridge, USA
2002
Luhring Augustine, New York, USA
Schlosspark Wendlinghausen, Landscape Garden OstWestfalenlippe, Westfalen, Germany
Paintings 1993-2001, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, USA
Ahead of the 21st Century: The Pisces Collection, Donaueschingen, Switzerland
New York Expression, Bergen Art Museum, Bergen, Norway
2001
Monika Spruth-Philomene Magers, Munich, Germany
Physiological Abstraction, Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Paris, France
George Condon: Monika Spruth-Philomene Magers, Munich, Germany
Physiognomical Abstraction, Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Paris, France
2000
George Condo: Jazz Paintings, Pace Wildenstein, 142 Greene Street, New York, USA
Portraits Lost In Space, Deitch Projects, New York, USA
Portraits, 11 Duke Street, London, England
Mental States, Patrick Painter, Inc., Santa Monica, USA
1999
George Condo: Silkscreen Paintings, Pace Wildenstein, Los Angeles, USA
George Condo, Texas Gallery, Houston, USA
New Paintings, Galerie Monika Sprüth, Cologne, Germany
George Condo: New Paintings, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich, Switzerland
George Condo: Televised Silkscreens, Sandra Gering Gallery, New York, USA
1998
George Condo, Monika Sprüth Galerie, Cologne, Germany
The Horse and the Cardinal: George Condo and William Burroughs Collaborative Works 1988 – William Borroughs George Condo Collaborations 1988-1996, Pat Hearn Gallery, New York, USA
Collage Paintings, PaceWildenstein, 142 Greene Street, New York, USA
Pages de Garde/End Papers, PaceWildenstein, Los Angeles, USA
1997
Collage Abstractions, PaceWildenstein, Los Angeles, USA
1996
Collage Paintings, PaceWildenstein, 142 Greene Street, New York, USA
Pages de Garde/End Papers, Pace Wildenstein, 142 Greene Street, New York, USA
Drawings 1976-1996, PaceWildenstein, Los Angeles, USA
Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France
IT Park Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
1995
McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, USA
Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, USA
Palais des Congrès de Paris, Paris, France
Zeichnungen, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich, Switzerland
Paintings and Drawings, PaceWildenstein, New York, USA
1994
Recent Paintings, PaceWildenstein, 142 Greene Street, New York, USA
1993
Galeria Salvador Riera, Barcelona, Spain
Galeria Fernando Latorre, Zaragoza, Spain
Sculpturen, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich, Switzerland
1992
Monika Sprüth Galerie, Cologne, Germany
Obra 1990-1992, Galerìa Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid, Spain
Stuart Regen Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Neue Bilder, Galerie Pfefferle, Munich, Germany
Gravats, Galeria Joan Prats, Barcelona, Spain
Galeria Salvador Riera, Barcelona, Spain
1991
Recent Paintings, The Pace Gallery, New York, USA
Galerie de Poche, Paris, France
Monika Sprüth Galerie, Cologne, Germany
Akira Ikeda Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Peintures récentes 1989-90, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France
Drawings, Galerie Kaj Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland
Paintings, Drawings, Prints, Michael Maloney Contemporary Art, Inc., Santa Monica, USA
The 1980’s: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
Contemporary Art from the Collection of Jason Rubell, Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, USA
Myth and Magic in the Americas: The Eighties, Museuo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, Mexico
1990
Academy-Institute Invitational Exhibition of Painting & Sculpture, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, USA
Le Visage dans l’art contemporain, Musee Des Jacobins, Toulouse, traveled to Musee du Luxembourg, Paris, France
Pharmakon 90, Nippon Convention Center, Makuhari Messe, International Exhibition Halle, Japan
The Last Decade: American Artists of the80’s, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, USA
Drawings of the Eighties: Part II, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
1989
1979-1989 American, Italian, Mexican Art from the Collection of Francesco Pellizi, Hofstra Museum, Hempstead, USA
I triennial de Dibuix – Joan Miro, La Fundacion Joan Miro, Barcelona, Spain
Sculpture by Painters, Pace Gallery, New York, USA
Exposition Inaugurale, Fondation Daniel Templon, Musee Temporaire, Frejus, France
Summer Installation, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
Aldo Crommelynck Master Prints with American Artists, Whitney Museum of American Art at the Equitable Center, New York, USA
Painting Beyond the Death of Painting, Koznetzky Most Exhibition Hall, Moscow, Russia
Waddington Galleries, London, England
1988
Monika Sprüth Galerie, Cologne, Germany
Neue Arbeiten, Monika Sprüth Galerie, Cologne, Germany
Paintings and Drawings, Pace Gallery, New York, USA
Galeria Leyendecker, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
Works on Paper, Vrej Baghoomian Inc., New York, USA
Recent Drawings, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
Biennal Exhibition, Whitney Museum of Americna Art, New York, USA
1987
Neue Bilder, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich, Switzerland
Monika Sprüth Galerie, Cologne, Germany
Gemälde/Paintings 1984-1987, Kunstverein, Munich, Germany
Paintings 1983-1987, Akira Ikeda Gallery, Nagoya, Japan
Monika Sprüth Galerie, Cologne, Germany
1986
Paintings, Akira Ikeda Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Recent Paintings, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, USA
Larry Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Drawings, Knights Gallery, Charlotte, USA
1985
Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, USA
Pat Hearn Gallery, New York, USA
Schilderijen en Tekeningen, Galerie `t Venster, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Neue Arbeiten, Monika Sprüth Galerie, Cologne, Germany
Major new works, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich, Switzerland
1984
Galerìa Leyendecker, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
Bilder - Zeichnungen, Monika Sprüth Galerie, Cologne, Germany
Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, USA
East Village Painters, Artists Space, New York, USA
1983
Terminal Show, Artists Library, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Paintings and Works on Paper, Ulrike Kantor Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

Public Collections

Fonds National d'Art Contemporain, Ministére de la Culture, Paris, France
Fonds Regional d'Art Contemporain, Ile de France, Paris, France
Museu d'Art Contemporani, Barcelona, Spain
Norton Gallery, Palm Beach, FL, USA
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, USA
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, USA
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, NY, USA

Literature

2007
George Condo, Simon Lee Gallery, London, UK
2006
Existential Portraits, New York: Luhring Augustine & Gottingen, Germany: Steidl.
2006
Over the Limit, Christopher Wool & George Condo. Athens: Portalakis Collection, Athens, Greece Over the Limit”, Christopher Wool & George Condo. Athens: Portalakis Collection, Athens, Greece Over the Limit”, Christopher Wool & George Condo. Athens: Portalakis Collection, Athens, Greece (exhibition catalog)
2006
Richer, Francesca and Matthew Rosenzweig, No.1: First Works by 362 Artists, d.a.p., New York, NY.
2006
Vous êtes ici (You are here), Auvergne: FRAC (Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain d’Auvergne), (exhibition catalog), pp. 86-89
2005
Kellein, Thomas, George Condo - One Hundred Women, Hatze Cantz Publishers, Germany
2004
Fleissig, Peter, George Condo, Memories of Manet and Velazquez, Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Paris
2004
Kellein, Thomas, George Condo : sculptures, Galerie Bischoffberger, Caratsch, De Pury, Luxembourg, Zurich
2002
Splat Boom Pow! The Influence of Cartons in Contemporary Art, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, p. 93
2002
Rugoff, Ralph. The Imaginary Portraits of George Condo, Fall 2002, Power House Books
2002
Ahead of the 21st Century, The Pisces Collection, Hadjie Cantz Publishers, 2002, pp 43-53 (exhibition catalogue)
2001
George Condo Physiognomical Abstraction, Galerie Jerome De Noirmont, Paris
2001
Mythic Proportions. Painting in the 1980’s, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami
2001
Condo Televised Silkscreens, Abaton Books Company, Newton, New Jersey
2000
Drawings 2000 at Barbara Gladstone Gallery, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York
2000
Dickhoff, Wilfried. After Nihilism: Essay son Contemporary Art, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press
1999
George Condo: Portraits Lost In Space, PaceWildenstein and Deitch Projects, New York
1998
FitzGerald, Michael. George Condo, Collage Paintings, PaceWildenstein, 1998, interview with the artist
1998
Ruiz Picasso, Bernard, Pages de Garde/End Papers, PaceWildenstein, 1998, poems by Ruiz Picasso, illustrations by Condo
1998
Matthew Collings, It Hurts, New York Art from Warhol to Now, 21 Publishing, pp. 139-143, illustrated by Condo
1997
Davvetas, Demosthenes, Dialogues, France: Au Même titre, Imprimé par Jouve.
1996
Le thorei-Daviot, Pascale, Petit dictionnaire des artistes contemporains, Paris, Bordas
1996
Myths and Magical Fantasies, California Center for the Arts Museum, Escondido
1995
Kuspit, Donald, George Condo: Paintings and Drawings, PaceWildenstein, New York
1994
Burroughs, Willam S., George Condo: Recent Paintings, The Pace Gallery, New York
1993
Drawing the Line Against AIDS, American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmFAR) International
1993
Wilson, Adolfo and Namia Mondolfi, Materia, Imagen y Concepto: Un Recorrido por el Arte Contemporáneo Internacional. Galería Namia Mondolfi, Caracas
1992
Condo, George. La Línea Quebrada y Extractos de 'El Gran Jefe', George Condo: Obra 1990-1992, Galeria Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid
1992
Dickhoff, Wilfried and Reiner Speck, Ars Pro Domo. Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst am Museum Ludwig, Cologne
1992
Le Portrait Dans L'Art Contemporain, Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain, Nice
1992
Rose, Bernice, Allegories of Modernism: Contemporary Drawing. The Museum of Modern Art, New York
1992
Bonet, Juan Manuel and Gorge Condo, Galeria Salvador Riera, Barcelona
1991
Schjeldahl, and Edward J. Sullivan, Mito y Magia en América: Los Ochenta. Monterrey: Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey
1991
Dickhoff, Wilfried, In Ictu Oculi: The Post-Nondeconstructive Paintings of George Condo, George Condo: Recent Paintings. The Pace Gallery, New York
1991
George Condo, Art Random, Kyoto Shoin International, Co., Ltd., Kyoto
1991
Riley, Charles A, II. Sélection. Musée d'Art Contemporain, Pully/Lausanne, Switzerland
1990
Guattari, Félix, Introduction and Discussion, George Condo, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris.
1989
Bilderstreit, Museum Ludwig, Cologne
1989
George Condo, Waddington Galleries, London
1988
Geldzahler, Henry, On George Condo, George Condo: Paintings and Drawings. The Pace Gallery, New York
1988
Honnef, Klaus, Kunst der Gegenwart. Taschen
1988
Weinberg, Adam D, Aldo Crommelynck Master Prints with American Artists. Whitney Museum of American Art at Equitable Center, New York
1987
Armstrong, Richard, John Hanhardt, Richard Marshall and Lisa Phillips, Excerpts from the novel Orest and interview with the artist by Demosthenes Davvetas
1987
Biennial Exhibition, New York, Whitney Museum of American Art
1987
Dickhoff, Wilfried, Expanding Canvas or The Alter-Ego Strikes Back, Edition
1987
George Condo: Paintings & Drawings, Kunstverein München, excerpts from the novel Oret and
1986
Dickhoff, Wilfried, The Being of Nothingness - Notes on the existential abstraction in George Condo's paintings, George Condo, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York
1986
Dickhoff, Wilfried, Primer Salòn Irrealiste, Tenerife. Galeria Leyendecker, Santa Cruz de
1986
George Condo, Akira Ikeda Gallery, Tokyo
1986
Godfrey, Tony, The New Image, Paintings in the 1980's, New York
1986
Saltz, Jerry, Beyond Boundaries, New York
1986
Thomas, Karin, Bis Heute, Cologne
1985
Dickhoff, Wilfried, Vor-Schein oder Aschenglanz, Künstliche Paradiese, Kunstverein München
1985
Dickhoff, Wilfried W. and Wolfgang Drechsler, Phase II. Steirischer Herbst '85
1985
Flood, Richard, Das Veritgo Paradigma, Künstliche Paradiese. Kunstverein München and
1984
Dickhoff, Wilfried, Nouveau Boheme, Cologne
1984
Perspective 1984, Basel Art Fair, Basel