George Condo, Spiderwoman, 2002, oil on canvas, 96 x 80".


George Condo

Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
July 25–May 28

Hayward Gallery
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road
October 18–January 15

New Museum
235 Bowery
January 26–May 15

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Museumpark 18-20
June 25–September 25

Curated by Ralph Rugoff and Laura Hoptman

George Condo appeared on the international art scene in the early 1980s with a series of phony old-master paintings, works that borrowed from canonized techniques to render disfigured portraits, subsuming the apparently contradictory tendencies of the moment: a resurgence of figurative painting and a predominant critical discourse on appropriation. At the time, the lines between the two camps seemed solid; in hindsight, the distinctions have grown murky. This exhibition, co-organized by the New Museum and the Hayward Gallery, will portray an artist ahead of his time, featuring some eighty works from Condo’s brash premiere to the present.