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George Condo

Born 1957 in Concord, New Hampshire
Lives and works in New York, New York

Since the early 1980s, George Condo has used traditional artistic methods and materials to depict unexpected, grotesque, and comic subjects. In The Butcher and His Wife, what appears at first glance to be a classical bronze sculpture of embracing figures is, in fact, a couple interrupted in the middle of a sexual encounter. Their startled expressions lend a comic sensibility which is immediately contradicted by the violence of the cleaver in the male figure’s head.

Beyond a critique of art historical convention common to his contemporaries, Condo engages in a deeper exploration of the sexuality and violence, comedy and tragedy inherent to human nature. The rough texture of the sculpture reveals the materiality of the clay from which the bronze was cast and renders ambiguous whether the figures are emerging from amorphous matter or disintegrating back into it.

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Picks: George Condo
Artforum (July 2009; note: registration required)

Time’s Fool
Frieze (May 2007)

Picks: George Condo
Artforum (May 2006; note: registration required)

Art in Review; George Condo
New York Times (May 2005)

Condo Painting
Frieze (May 2000)

Art in Review; George Condo
New York Times (December 1999)

George Condo Interview with Anney Bonney
Bomb (Summer 1992)