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 silk screen shop, then joined a band called The Girls with Abstract painter Mark Dagley (American, b.1957). While in the band, Condo met Jean-Michel Basquiat (American, 1960–1988), and this meeting prompted Condo to move to New York and seriously pursue a career in art.

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 (American, 1928–1987) 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, he had a two-gallery exhibition in New York at Pat Hearn Gallery and Barbara Gladstone Galleries. Condo also met and forged a friendship with Keith Haring (American, 1958–1990) 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 (American, 1914–1997). 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 (American, b. 1953). 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 Berlin/London, the Skarstedt Gallery in New York, and the Simon Lee Gallery in London.

Timeline

1957
Born: Concord, NH
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
2013
Biennale di Venezia - 55th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, Venice
2013
Paintings & Sculpture - Sprüth Magers London, London, UK
2013
Paintings & Sculpture - Sprüth Magers Berlin, Berlin
2013
Inner Journeys - Maison Particulière Art Center, Brussels
2012
Richard Koh Fine Art, Singapore
2012
George Condo, Schim Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (solo)
2012
George Condo, Mental States, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany (solo)
2011
Drawing Paintings, Skarstedt Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2011
George Condo, Mental States, New Museum, New York, NY (solo) ( travelled to Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Hayward Gallery, London, UK; and Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany 2012)
2011
Drawings, Sprüth Magers, London, UK (solo)
2011
George Condo: a collection of etchings, Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
2011
George Condo, Mental States, New Museum, New York, NY, USA (solo)
2011
George Condo, Boijmans van Beuingen, Rotterdam (solo)
2011
George Condo, Hayward Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2010
Family Portraits, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2010
Whitney Biennial, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA
2010
The Lost Civilization, Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zurich, Switzerland, (solo)
2010
Cartoon Abstractions, Galerie Jérome de Noirmont, Paris, France (solo)
2010
Beauty is Diamond, Laleh June Galerie, Basel, Switzerland
2009
Wall Rockets: Contemporary Artisits and Ed Ruscha, FLAG Art Foundation, Berlin, Germany
2009
George Condo, Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Milan, Italy (solo)
2009
KolnSkulptur 4, Skulpturenpark Koln, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2009
Just what is it that makes today's painting so different, so appealing?, Gering & López Gallery, New York
2009
George Condo, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
2009
La Civilisation Perdue, Musée Maillol, Paris, France (solo)
2008
George Condo: Drawings, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2008
George Condo, Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Inc., Moscow, Russia (solo)
2008
George Condo, Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Inc., Moscow, Russia (solo)
2008
Against All Odds: Keith Haring in the Rubell Family Collection, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA, USA (group)
2008
It’s Not Over Yet, Invisible-Exports, New York, NY, USA (group)
2008
God & Goods: Spirituality and Mass Confusion, Villa Manin Centre for Contemporary Art, Passariano – Codroipo, Italy (group)
2008
How to Cook a Wolf: Part One, Dinter Fine Art, New York, NY, USA (group)
2008
The Luxury of Love, Vanina Holasek, New York, NY, USA (group)
2008
Summer Exhibition, Skarstedt Gallery, New York, NY, USA (group)
2008
Wall Rockets, curated by Lisa Dennison, The Flag Art Foundation, New York, NY, USA (group)
2008
Blasted Allegories - Werke aus der Sammlung Ringier, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Switzerland
2008
Out of Shape: Stylistic Distortion of the Human Form in Art, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY, USA
2008
Live Undead, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, UK
2008
Christ: The Subjective Nature of Objective Representation, Luhring Augustine, New York, NY, USA (solo)
2008
Artificial Realism, Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow, Russia (solo)
2007
...Und immer fehlt mir was, und das qualt mich, Werkstadt Graz, Graz, Austria
2007
Hold the line, Ferenbalm - Gurbru Station, Karlsruhe, Germany
2007
My sweet sixteen party, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium
2007
Effigies, Modern Art Inc., London, UK and Stuart Shave/ Modern Art, London UK
2007
Fractured Figure - Works from the Dakis Jannou Collection, Deste Foundation - Center for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece
2007
Block Party II, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, New York, NY, USA
2007
Automatic, Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY, USA
2007
Contemporary and Modern Masters, Richard Gray Gallery, New York, NY, USA
2007
The Present - The Monique Zajfen Collection, Stedelijik Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2007
Zuruch zer Figur - Malerei der Gegenward, KunstHaus Wien, Vienna, Austria
2007
Rockers Island - Olbricht Collection, Museum Folkwang Essen, Essen, Germany
2007
Poetics Country, Ferenbalm-Gurbru Station, Karlsruhe, Germany
2007
Contemporary Art, Skarstedt Fine Art, New York, NY, USA
2007
Simon Lee, London, (solo)
2007
New Works, Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zurich, Switzerland, (solo)
2007
Nicholas Robinson Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2007
The Beholder’s Eye, The Salmagundi Club of New York, New York, NY
2007
Create your own Museum: Highlights from a Private Collection, Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Inc., Moscow (exhibition catalogue).
2007
Negotiating Reality: Recent Works from the Logan Collection, University of Denver Victoria H. Myhren Gallery (exhibition catalogue).
2007
Meet the Artists, Deitch Projects, New York, NY
2007
Still Life and Kicking: a project with Vogue, curated by Dodie Kazanjian, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
2006
Existential Portraits, Xavier Hufkens, Brüssel, (solo)
2006
Existential Portraits, Luhring Augustine, New York, (solo)
2006
Infinite Painting, Villa Manin Centro d’Arte Contemporanea, Codroipo (Udine)
2006
Zurück zur Figur. Malerei der Gegenwart, Kunsthalle der Hypo Kulturstiftung, München
2006
Surrealism: Then and Now, Paul Kasmin Gallery & Edelmann Arts, Inc.,New York
2006
Memento Mori, Mireille Mosler Ltd., New York
2006
Wrong Gallery, Tate Modern, London, UK (solo)
2006
Color Aside, Luhring Augustine, New York, NY, USA
2006
Group exhibition, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussel, Belgium
2005
George Condo: Sculptures, Skarstedt Fine Art, New York (solo)
2005
George Condo, Monica Spruth Philomene Magers, Munich, Germany (solo)
2005
Disassembled Objects, Power House Memphis, TN (solo)
2005
One Hundred Women - Retrospective, Museum of Modern Art, Salzburg, Austria. Curator Margrit Brehm, traveled to Bielefeld (Curator Thomas Kellein) (solo)
2004
George Condo. Paintings From the Eighties, Briggs Robinson Gallery, New York, NY
2004
George Condo, Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Athens, Greece
2004
George Condo - Memories of Manet and Velazquez,Galerie Jerome de Noirmont, Paris, France
2004
George Condo, Monika Spruth / Philomene Magers, Cologne, Germany
2004
‘Religious Paintings’ George Condo, Sprueth Magers Lee, London
2004
…As Time Goes By, Leo Koenig Inc. & Gordian Weber Kunsthandel, Leo Koebig Inc., New York
2004
Malerei 7, Monika Spruth Philomene Magers, Cologne, Germany
2003
Splat Boom Pow! The Influence of Cartoons in Contemporary Art, Contemporary Arts
2003
Museum Houston, TX. Travelling to: Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH
2003
Depury Luxembourg, Zurich
2003
Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich
2003
George Condo: The Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Cambridge MA
2002
Luhring Augustine, New York
2002
Schlosspark Wendlinghausen, Landscape Garden OstWestfalenlippe, Westfalen, Germany
2002
Paintings 1993-2001, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO
2002
Ahead of the 21st Century. The Pisces Collection,” Donaueschingen, Switzerland (June)
2002
New York Expression, Bergen Art Museum
2001
Monika Spruth-Philomene Magers, Munich, Germany
2001
Physiological Abstraction, Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Paris
2001
George Condon: Monika Spruth-Philomene Magers, Munich, Germany
2001
Physiognomical Abstraction (Catalogue available), Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Paris, France
2000
George Condo: Jazz Paintings, Pace Wildenstein, 142 Greene Street, New York
2000
Portraits Lost In Space, Deitch Projects, New York
2000
Portraits, 11 Duke Street, London
2000
Mental States, Patrick Painter, Inc., Santa Monica
1999
George Condo: Televised Silkscreens, Sandra Gering Gallery, New York
1999
George Condo: Silkscreen Paintings, Pace Wildenstein, Los Angeles
1999
George Condo, Texas Gallery, Houston
1999
New Paintings, Galerie Monika Sprüth, Cologne
1999
George Condo: New Paintings, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich
1998
George Condo, Monika Sprüth Galerie, Cologne
1998
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
1998
Collage Paintings, PaceWildenstein, 142 Greene Street, New York
1998
Pages de Garde/End Papers, PaceWildenstein, Los Angeles
1997
Collage Abstractions, PaceWildenstein, Los Angeles
1996
Collage Paintings, PaceWildenstein, 142 Greene Street, New York
1996
Pages de Garde/End Papers, Pace Wildenstein, 142 Greene Street, New York
1996
Drawings 1976-1996, PaceWildenstein, Los Angeles
1996
Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris
1996
IT Park Gallery, Taipei
1995
McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas
1995
Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston
1995
Palais des Congrès de Paris, Paris
1995
Zeichnungen, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich
1995
Paintings and Drawings, PaceWildenstein, New York
1994
Recent Paintings, PaceWildenstein, 142 Greene Street, New York
1993
Galeria Salvador Riera, Barcelona
1993
Galeria Fernando Latorre, Zaragoza
1993
Sculpturen, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich
1992
Monika Sprüth Galerie, Cologne
1992
Obra 1990-1992, Galerìa Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid
1992
Stuart Regen Gallery, Los Angeles
1992
Neue Bilder, Galerie Pfefferle, Munich
1992
Gravats, Galeria Joan Prats, Barcelona
1992
Galeria Salvador Riera, Barcelona
1991
Recent Paintings, The Pace Gallery, New York
1991
Galerie de Poche, Paris
1991
Monika Sprüth Galerie, Cologne
1991
Akira Ikeda Gallery, Tokyo
1991
Peintures récentes 1989-90, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris
1991
Drawings, Galerie Kaj Forsblom, Helsinki
1991
Paintings, Drawings, Prints, Michael Maloney Contemporary Art, Inc., Santa Monica
1991
The 1980’s: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
1991
Contemporary Art from the Collection of Jason Rubell, Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, North Carolina
1991
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
1990
Le Visage dans l’art contemporain, Musee Des Jacobins, Toulouse, traveled to Musee du Luxembourg, Paris
1990
Pharmakon 90, Nippon Convention Center, Makuhari Messe, International Exhibition Halle, Japan
1990
The Last Decade: American Artists of the80’s, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York
1990
Drawings of the Eighties: Part II, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
1989
1979-1989 American, Italian, Mexican Art from the Collection of Francesco Pellizi, Hofstra Museum, Hempstead
1989
I triennial de Dibuix – Joan Miro, La Fundacion Joan Miro, Barcelona, Spain
1989
Sculpture by Painters, The Pace Gallery, New York
1989
Exposition Inaugurale, Fondation Daniel Templon, Musee Temporaire, Frejus, France
1989
Summer Installation, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
1989
Aldo Crommelynck Master Prints with American Artists, Whitney Museum of American Art at the Equitable Center, New York
1989
Painting Beyond the Death of Painting, Koznetzky Most Exhibition Hall, Moscow, Russia
1989
Waddington Galleries, London
1988
Monika Sprüth Galerie, Cologne
1988
Neue Arbeiten, Monika Sprüth Galerie, Cologne
1988
Paintings and Drawings, The Pace Gallery, New York
1988
Galeria Leyendecker, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
1988
Works on Paper, Vrej Baghoomian Inc., New York
1988
Recent Drawings, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
1988
Biennal Exhibition, Whitney Museum of Americna Art, New York
1987
Neue Bilder, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich
1987
Monika Sprüth Galerie, Cologne
1987
Gemälde/Paintings 1984-1987, Kunstverein, Munich
1987
Paintings 1983-1987, Akira Ikeda Gallery, Nagoya
1987
Monika Sprüth Galerie, Cologne
1986
Paintings, Akira Ikeda Gallery, Tokyo
1986
Recent Paintings, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York
1986
Larry Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles
1986
Drawings, Knights Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina
1985
Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York
1985
Pat Hearn Gallery, New York
1985
Schilderijen en Tekeningen, Galerie `t Venster, Rotterdam
1985
Neue Arbeiten, Monika Sprüth Galerie, Cologne
1985
Major new works, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich
1984
Galerìa Leyendecker, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
1984
Bilder - Zeichnungen, Monika Sprüth Galerie, Cologne
1984
Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York
1984
East Village Painters, Artists Space, New York
1983
Terminal Show, Artists Library, Brooklyn, New York
1983
Paintings and Works on Paper, Ulrike Kantor Gallery, Los Angeles

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