George Condo: The Way I Think at The Phillips Collection

In an exhibition opening March 11, The Phillips Collection presents a major survey of drawings and “drawing paintings” by George Condo (b. 1957). An extraordinarily prolific painter, Condo is best known for his existential humor and unhinged pictorial inventions. His works synthesize disparate stylistic elements ranging from 17th century Venetian and Dutch painting through 20th century Cubism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, and Pop Art into singular works of art. Condo coined the phrases “Artificial Realism” and “Psychological Cubism” to describe this process.

A collaboration with the artist, George Condo: The Way I Think, features approximately 200 drawings, sketches, and sketchbooks along with several “drawing paintings,” which allow visitors to glean unprecedented insights into the mind and creative process of this highly imaginative contemporary artist. Highlights of this exhibition include Spanish Head Composition (1988) and The Fallen Butler (2009), two major works on loan from the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and both excellent examples of Condo’s use of drawing and painting as a way of expressing his unique vision. For the first time, works made between 1962 (when the artist was just five years of age) to his teen and pre-college artworks of the 1970s (which set the stage for his later investigations into figurative abstraction) will be exhibited alongside recent works that demonstrate this progression in his oeuvre.

Start Date

March 11, 2017

End Date

June 25, 2017


10:00 AM - 05:00 PM


The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

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