George Condo at the Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens

The Museum of Cycladic art in Athens, continues the tradition set a few years back of presenting a major contemporary art exhibition alongside its world-class permanent collection of Cycladic and Classical Greek Art masterpieces. During the last eight years the museum has hosted exhibitions of artists such as Ai Weiwei, Mike Kelley, Cy Twombly, Martin Kippenburger, Ugo Rondinone, Mario Merz and Louise Bourgeois.
This year, the museum open its doors to the work of George Condo; an artist who along with Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, and Jeff Koons, was instrumental in reviving figurative painting in America during the 1980s.
 
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George Condo, Field of Figures, 2011. Acrylic, charcoal, pastel on linen 177.8 x 213.4 cm. Private Collection © George Condo, 2018. Courtesy of the Artist, Skarstedt Gallery and Sprüth Magers
 
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George Condo. Field of Figures, 2011. Acrylic, charcoal, pastel on linen 177.8 x 213.4 cm. Private Collection © George Condo, 2018. Courtesy of the Artist, Skarstedt Gallery and Sprüth Magers
 
George Condo is, today, recognized as one of the most influential living American artists - he has worked for Andy Warhol (during the Factory years), was a friend of Jean Michel Basquiat, exhibited alongside Picasso and painted an amazing “Cabbage Patch” portrait of Queen Elizabeth. His work speaks a distinctive, highly individual pictorial language while at the same time brings to mind Willem de Kooning, Picasso’s and Braque’s mixed perspectives and the striking visual manners of pop art! His influence can be seen in a range of contemporary painters, including John Currin, Lisa Yuskavage and Glenn Brown.
 
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George Condo, The Laughing Priest, 2004. Οil on canvas 25.5 x 20.5 cm. Private Collection © George Condo, 2018. Courtesy of the artist, Skarstedt Gallery and Sprüth Magers

The exhibition, curated by Atalanti Martinou, covers the two floors of the magnificent Stathatou Mansion (a work of art on itself) and presents a total of 30 works (paintings, sculptures and drawings) which span the past 20 years of the artist’s career. Visitors have the chance to see for the first time the series of paintings and drawings created in 2017, including a new suite of self-portraits titled Self portrait in Paris 1-3 (2017) and Me, Myself and Him (2017).
 
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Photo: Paris Tavitian © Museum of Cycladic Art, 2018
 
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Photo: Paris Tavitian © Museum of Cycladic Art, 2018
 
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Photo: Paris Tavitian © Museum of Cycladic Art, 2018
 
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Photo: Paris Tavitian © Museum of Cycladic Art, 2018

 
Start date: June 8, 2018
End date: October 14, 2018
Admission: 7€ (reduced ticket: 5€)
Free entry for the Friends of the Museum of Cycladic Art

 
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10:00-17:00, Thursday: 10:00-20:00, Sunday: 11:00-17:00, Tuesday: Closed
Guided tours: every Wednesday at 11.00 (in English) and every Thursday at 19.00 (in Greek).
Address: Neofytou Douka 4 or Vasilisis Sofias & Irodotou 1 (see map below)

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