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George Condo

Pace | 510 West 25th Street

Running the gamut from flabby abstractions and hilariously gloomy vanitas to riffs on Picasso’s various periods, George Condo’s paintings bring an adolescent wit and bizarre morphology to appropriationist painting. His past work has at times been easy to write off as a glib attempt to give painting a quick fix—as an excuse to continue working inside what Condo has called “the living of the death of painting.” While still somewhat disingenuous, the new work adds a dose of authentic anxiety to its pastiche of Surrealist dream imagery. This time around Condo spills the fetid afterbirth of a severe loss of faith into the kind of haunted arena-scapes and shattering silences found in the work of René Magritte, Yves Tanguy, and Salvador Dalí.

The paintings produce hysterical visions—a cardinal looking as much like marzipan as flesh, with waxy lips and insane blue eyes, or a rotten apple bristling

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