October 18, 2011

George Condo "Mental States" exhibition at Hayward Gallery

George Condo
Mental States

18 October 2011 – 8 January 2012

This is the first major retrospective of the American artist George Condo.

Opening this autumn this Hayward Gallery exhibition is the first major retrospective of the American artist George Condo. Since his emergence in New York’s East Village in the early 1980s with his ‘fake Old Master’ canvases, George Condo has created one of the most adventurous, imaginative, and provocative bodies of work in contemporary art. George Condo: Mental States is the first major survey of paintings and sculptures from the past twenty-eight years of the artist’s career. Organised by the Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre and curated by Hayward Director, Ralph Rugoff, the exhibition premièred at New Museum, New York in January to critical acclaim, and is currently on show at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam. The Hayward Gallery presentation will feature some 80 works, and includes nine of Condo’s portraits of Her Majesty The Queen.

Condo’s approach to making art unsettlingly conjoins the beautiful and the grotesque, seriousness and outlandish wit. He has populated his canvases with an arresting parade of tragic-comic beings, which for all their oddness and outrageous humour and their caricatured features, are deeply immersed in the traditions of European and American painting. Focusing on his ‘imaginary portraits’, which conjure varied mental states with a mixture of absurdity and pathos, the exhibition also features portraits of historical subjects such as Jesus and the Madonna as well as Her Majesty Elizabeth II, exploring the breadth of Condo’s artistic vision.


Hayward Gallery
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
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