“People are torn apart in and of themselves, barely human at times,” said Condo. I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing portraits of famed visual artist and painter George Condo a few weeks ago in his Upper East Side townhouse studio. The property is located approximately 7-10 minutes drive to downtown St. George's. “It was a cracked head with a splat of gold thrown in its face,” as Condo describes it. “It was always there, but now change can’t just be an idea or a slogan – it has to get real and fulfill the ideals it supposedly stands for.”. Condo’s latest work can be seen as a continuation of his online exhibition from April called Drawings for Distanced Figures, which featured ink, pencil and crayon figures capturing the paranoia, fear and panic brought on by the onslaught of 2020. “It certainly did express my own crazed mental state, at that point.”. Represented by internationally reputable galleries. Simon Lee Gallery at West Bund Art & Design 2020, 5 Artsy Viewing Rooms to Explore This Month. “So, it feels a bit like that, where I am totally out of touch with everything for purposes of safety and health. “The month of May soon turned into August, which […] All utilities included. The New York City artist George Condo has become New York state artist George Condo, a surprising move for someone so intensely intertwined with the city’s culture. Limited-Edition Prints by Leading Artists. Amidst “a cheap schoolboy desk and chair and a brace of rickety tables” that contrast with the freshly purchased French antiques furnishing the artist’s nearby home, Tomkins paints a picture of Condo painting a picture—no easy task when the subject matter is imaginary people that include a nude girl, her demonic mother, and Rodrigo, a recurring character in the artist’s work who is partial to bow ties and here acts as “the disapproving butler.”, Two hours passed. “It’s just not the same any more to be dependent on anything, other than oneself.”. The new works in this show – all made in 2020 – range from Father and Daughter with Face Mask, two freaked-out figures all masked up, Hysteria, a figure screaming in the dark, and There’s No Business Like No Business, which depicts a sad, solitary figure in distress (it calls to mind all the small business owners in New York who have closed up shop). Next Wednesday, New York’s New Museum opens “George Condo: Mental States,” a heavy-on-the-portraits mid-career survey that will span two gallery floors and more than 80 paintings. “They mirror the normal person in today’s world. Nobody really has any facts.”. The artist came into the spotlight after befriending Jean-Michel Basquiat in the 1980s, which led to him working at Andy Warhol’s Factory in New York. He then fled to Paris, where he lived and painted for years, and outraged the UK with his ghastly portrait of the Queen as a scabby-looking monster in 2006. The apartment features a beautiful mountain view of the surrounding area with a fenced yard.