Condo emerged as a painter in the New York art scene during the eighties. He coined the term Artificial Realism for his distinctive style of American painting that draws on the European tradition from Raphael to Duchamp, but combines this with the influence of popular cartoons. All the works shown here were exhibited in his solo exhibition at the Galeria Salvador Riera in Barcelona in 1992. Thus, while these images employ the broader art historical referents at play in Condo’s work, they combine this with numerous references to Pablo Picasso, and do so with both a sense of subversive parody and psychological complexity.
Gold does not take on any dirt. And gold, just are diamonds, is an exalted material. It possesses such a degree of abstraction that it encounters you –if you use it artistically– on an already exalted level.