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

    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.