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George Condo
LATE NIGHT IN ST. MORITZ
Estimate
1,000,0002,000,000
JUMP TO LOT
65
George Condo
LATE NIGHT IN ST. MORITZ
Estimate
1,000,0002,000,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Boundless: Contemporary Art

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Hong Kong

George Condo
B.1957
LATE NIGHT IN ST. MORITZ
signed and dated 90
pastel, charcoal, gouache, paper collage on canvas
160 by 150 cm, 63 by 59 in. 
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Provenance

Leo Koening Inc., New York
Galerie Bischofberger, Zurich
Phillips, London, October 16, 2014, lot 146
Acquired from the above sale by the present owner

Catalogue Note

“I love the idea of two incompatible worlds brought together – opposing forces harmonically melded.” George Condo

Late Night in St. Moritz is an immaculate example of George Condo’s highly iconic and stylized paintings about modern society and the contemporary psyche. Best known for his figures which are instantly recognizable through their distortions and geometric additions, Condo has invented a new visual vocabulary that draws on the techniques and styles of his Modernist predecessors while imbued with contemporary abstraction. In the present composition, the multitude of figures, abstract forms, spatial and dimensional incongruity result in a fictional realm that is much like the raucous, disorienting atmosphere one would experience in the late hours during a night out.

Since the early 1980s, Condo has pioneered a hybrid-topography of the human figure, coining the term Artificial Realism to describe his hybridization of traditional European Old Master painting with popular culture. By appropriating and internalizing a multiplicity of pictorial languages to construct a new, contemporary vision of painting, the artist has thus created a unique brand of psychologically charged portraiture.

Boundless: Contemporary Art

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Hong Kong