previews

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

Frankfurt

George Condo

Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
Römerberg
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.