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Summer in the museum and in the harbour
June 2011

From Picasso to Kanye West

In the 1980s the American painter George Condo was part of New York’s cutting-edge arts scenes along with artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. He has recently caused a furore with his controversial artwork for the rapper Kanye West’s latest album.

Memories of Picasso, 1989, Oil on canvas, 195 x 160, Frac Île-de-France, Collection; © George Condo
Memories of Picasso, 1989, Oil on canvas, 195 x 160, Frac Île-de-France, Collection; © George Condo

George Condo (1957) often makes modern interpretations of historical themes and classical paintings styles, as in his paintings ‘Memories of Rembrandt’ (1994) or ‘Memories of Picasso’ (1989). In these paintings Condo comes astonishingly close to the style and palette of these masters, but with an indispensable Condo twist. His absurdist portraits have attracted the attention of celebrities from the music and fashion industries. Condo recently portrayed the rapper Kanye West for the cover of his latest album. The cover, showing the rapper naked with a demonic look in his eyes whipped up a storm in America. In recent years the painter has worked with big names from the fashion world, such as fashion designer Adam Kimmel and art and design duo M/M (Paris), who previously collaborated with Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin.

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is exhibiting more than seventy paintings and sculptures by George Condo in seven galleries.

‘George Condo: Mental States’ has been organised by the Hayward Gallery in London in partnership with Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. The guest curator is Ralph Rugoff.
 

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