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George Condo
B.1957
PORTRAIT OF THE UNKNOWN
signed and dated Paris 91 on the reverse
oil on canvas
170 by 150 cm. 66 7/8 by 59 in.
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Provenance

Monika Sprüth Galerie, Cologne
Private Collection, Europe
Christie's, London, 17 October 2014, Lot 303
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Catalogue Note

"It's about dismantling one reality and constructing another from the same parts, and that various concrete objects are not attached to their parts alone. I was thinking of Picasso's bull's head made from a bicycle and Duchamp's ready-mades. Essentially what I am painting is the state in which the image-time of one reality superimposed in a field of another simultaneous presence now becomes a new conjunctive hyper-reality or hybrid image showing the simultaneous presences."

GEORGE CONDO
quoted in Ralph Rugoff, George Condo, Existential Portraits: Sculpture, Drawings, Paintings 2005/2006, New York 2006, p. 8

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