In 2021, the Morgan acquired twenty-eight drawings by American artist George Condo (b. 1957) that offer an overview of his career over the last forty-five years. Drawing, or "visual thinking" as he calls it, is central to Condo’s practice, which centers around the figure.
Engaged in a continuous dialogue with earlier masters, from Rembrandt and Goya to Picasso and de Kooning, Condo uses traditional styles and techniques to create imaginary portraits in which wild distortions suggest extreme psychological states. "Everybody I draw is kind of a lunatic," he acknowledges. Ranging from early drawings made when he was a teenager to recent explorations into what he calls "psychological Cubism," the exhibition will highlight Condo's brilliant draftsmanship through a cast of characters in turn comic, monstrous, tragic, and endearing.
Image: Detail from Female Portrait, 2003, George Condo / courtesy of The Morgan Library & Museum