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George Condo: Mental States

George Condo: Mental States, 18 October 2011 – 8 January 2012, Hayward Gallery.This was the first major retrospective of the American artist George Condo. Since his emergence in New York’s East Village in the early 1980s, Condo has developed a provocative body of work that, for all its outlandish humour and outrageousness, is deeply engaged with the memory of European and American traditions of painting. 

Focusing on his ‘imaginary portraits’, which conjure varied mental states with a mixture of comic absurdity and heart-rending pathos, and incorporating sculpture as well painting, the exhibition offered a selective survey of three decades of Condo’s art. 

Displayed in the upper galleries of the Hayward Gallery, George Condo: Mental States was organised thematically and stylistically in ‘chapters’ developed in close collaboration with the artist. The exhibition featured some 80 works and was divided into three main sections: Portraiture, Mania and Melancholia, and Abstract-Figuration.

George Condo: Mental States was organised by the Hayward Gallery. The exhibition was shown previously at the New Museum, New York (26 January – 8 May), and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (25 June- 25 September). After the Hayward Gallery it went on to Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (23 February – 28 May 2012). 

The exhibition was accompanied by an illustrated catalogue featuring essays by Will Self, David Means, Laura Hoptman and Hayward Gallery Director Ralph Rugoff exploring Condo’s relationship to art history, popular culture and contemporary society.

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George Condo: Mental States, 18 October 2011 – 8 January 2012, Hayward Gallery. 

This was the first major retrospective of the American artist George Condo. Since his emergence in New York’s East Village in the early 1980s, Condo has developed a provocative body of work that, for all its outlandish humour and outrageousness, is deeply engaged with the memory of European and American traditions of painting. 

Focusing on his ‘imaginary portraits’, which conjure varied mental states with a mixture of comic absurdity and heart-rending pathos, and incorporating sculpture as well painting, the exhibition offered a selective survey of three decades of Condo’s art. 

Displayed in the upper galleries of the Hayward Gallery, George Condo: Mental States was organised thematically and stylistically in ‘chapters’ developed in close collaboration with the artist. The exhibition featured some 80 works and was divided into three main sections: Portraiture, Mania and Melancholia, and Abstract-Figuration.

George Condo: Mental States was organised by the Hayward Gallery. The exhibition was shown previously at the New Museum, New York (26 January – 8 May), and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (25 June- 25 September). After the Hayward Gallery it went on to Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (23 February – 28 May 2012). 

The exhibition was accompanied by an illustrated catalogue featuring essays by Will Self, David Means, Laura Hoptman and Hayward Gallery Director Ralph Rugoff exploring Condo’s relationship to art history, popular culture and contemporary society.

George Condo: Mental States

A fully illustrated catalogue featuring contributions by writers including novelist Will Self.

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