Another George Condo show in London right now (the other is at Skarstedt). Condo is clearly in a groove creating funky portraits that reference Picasso (of course), Velasquez, Abstract Expressionism, Paul McCarthy (I think), and other cool stuff (fill in the blank). I love how he mixes high and low art and creates something all his own.
I've just learned about the Swiss sculptor, Hans Josephsohn. He passed away in 2012, and his estate is represented by Hauser & Wirth. Josephsohn's sculptures are primarily concerned with form and volume, and appear to be in some sort of dialogue with ancient greek sculpture. I love their physicality, simplicity, and boldness.
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Wikipedia | Hans Josephsohn
I love George Condo! What a cool artist, and cool dude. Years ago, he was having a show of massive paintings inspired by old jazz records at Pace Gallery - back when they were still in Soho. I was in town for a few days and stopped by the gallery on the last day. The gallery was closing early to photograph the show, but the guy at the front desk (who turned out be William Wood, the very talented painter) let me in to check out the work. George Condo was there hanging out with one of the guys from Phish, watching as the photographer took shots of his paintings. (that's true, not some dream I had) George was really friendly and chill - what a thrill. When I got back home to California, I sent a drawing to Condo care of his gallery - it was a framed cartoon I had done of Jackson Pollock peeing into Peggy Guggenheim's fireplace (based on the infamous story.) Probably not the safest drawing choice to send if you want to make a good first impression, but I thought if anyone would appreciate it, it would be George Condo. Cut to about 5 years later, and I'm living on the East Coast, and walking around Central Park with my friend Diana. I see George Condo sitting on a park bench with his daughter. I say hello and thank him again for being so cool that time I had come to his show. He was nice, but not really as friendly. Maybe it was because he was with his daughter and didn't really know me. Hopefully the drawing hadn't freaked him out! Hope our paths cross again one day. Super talented, interested guy, that George Condo. All this to say that Condo is having a show of ink drawings at Skarstedt in London - if you're there during the show dates, check it out and let me know what you think.
There's nothing like waiting to the last possible moment to go check out a show. This is one I absolutely do not want to miss. For some reason this series of paintings by Richard Prince is my favorite. They're stripped down to the bones, but pack a punch. The paintings reference minimalism, but with an acid irony. If you have a chance to see the show before it closes (tomorrow is the absolute last day), let me know whatcha' think of it.
I was feeling a little down artistically this morning, but then saw this video posted online. Now I'm ready to take on the world! (sort of)