"Significant art must somehow address the world in which it is made and presented. On the surface, a portrait of Jesus hardly seems like a vehicle for engaging current concerns, yet in its convergence of gravitas and cartoonish-ness, of emotional credibility and ridiculousness, Condo's painting sums up defining aspects of our relationship with contemporary culture. Simultaneously soliciting varied registers of response, it instills a general uncertainty as to how we might go about deciphering its mixed messages."
Ralph Rugoff, "The Mental States of America," in Exh. Cat., New York, The New Museum (and traveling), George Condo: Mental States, 2011, p. 11