George Condo

Painting Reconfigured


The definitive monograph on the iconoclastic painter George Condo


ISBN: 9780500296493 Category:

Simon Baker


The definitive monograph on the iconoclastic painter George Condo.

With his arresting, unsettling style, George Condo emerged out of the dynamism of the New York art scene in the early 1980s, and he has been restlessly painting, drawing and sculpting – bringing forms into the world in one way or another – ever since. With his ‘fake’ Old Masters, reconfigured Manets, impossibly intricate paintings that seem abstract only from a distance, fractured and multifaceted ‘psychologically Cubist’ portraits, and the orgiastic misdemeanours of a host of butlers, bankers and priests, Condo has invented, mastered and expanded not just one painterly language but an entire lexicon.

Working closely with Condo, Simon Baker has combined biographical, chronological and thematic approaches to survey the artist’s work and career to date. An introductory essay on Condo’s contradictory nature and a chapter exploring his phenomenal early career are followed by three thematic chapters that look at the years from 1984 to the present, tracing Condo’s systematic reconstruction of the techniques of painting, exploring his relationship to the concept of abstraction, and probing the darker side of his psychological iconography in drawing, painting, sculpture and writing.

George Condo is the definitive monograph about a unique artist that will appeal to artists, art students and those with a general interest in art.

Additional information

Weight 2054 g
Dimensions 26.2 x 31.1 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 10 March 2022
Number of pages 296
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 26.2 x 31.1 cm
Weight 2054 g


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Simon Baker is Director of Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris (MEP). He was formerly Senior Curator, Photography and International Art, Tate. Prior to becoming Tate's first curator of photography, he was Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Nottingham. He has written widely on surrealism, photography and contemporary art.