The State Council, 2002 incised 'GC 2/3' (on the reverse of the base) patinated bronze 12 x 7 1/4 x 8 1/4in. (30.5 x 18.4 x 20.9cm) This work is number two from an edition of three.
PROVENANCE: Blum & Poe, Los Angeles. Acquired from the above by the present owner.
"Restlessly returning again and again to the same subjects without, somehow, repeating, if not his central players, then the marks he employs, Condo's explorations of how to apply paint, draw a face or sculpt a figure have remained relentlessly fresh for almost 30 years (he turns 50 only this year his precocious talent was recognized at a young age). In this, he side-steps the dilemma facing artists who grapple to reconcile both the ideals of art and the reality of the world: he is too in love with his materials and too absorbed and curious about his subject matter (humans, and what they feel for each other, how we repeat our mistakes, what faces reveal, where hands and bodies might travel to, if only allowed) to become complacent. Or, as he puts it: 'It's about dismantling one reality and constructing another from the same parts, and that various concrete objects are not attached to their parts alone.'" Jennifer Higgie (Jennifer Higgie, on George Condo, in "Time's Fool", in Frieze, Issue 107, May 2007).
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