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George Condo

Pace Gallery

George Condo’s reputation first flowered in the weedy bowers of the East Village of the early ’80s. Though in the current esthetic climate, interested parties might just as soon forget the roots of his sensibility, as in those 19th-century French novels that chronicle the rise of demimondaines to duchesses, his humble origins can be suppressed but never entirely effaced.

Condo’s practice—favoring pastiche and quotation—was fueled, on the one hand, by a penchant for outlandish cartoons and caricatures that flourished in the East Village, and on the other, by the cooler but concurrent taste for appropriation. The sinuous and ballooning biomorphic forms of Joan Miró and the Synthetic Cubism of Picasso were in Condo’s paintings possessed by the spirit of Krazy Kat (in one painting in this exhibition, Crazy Cat Combination, 1990, Condo pays explicit homage to George Herriman’s besieged and

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