Art News: George Condo Cartoon Abstractions and Diane Arbus Retrospective

5 Apr


George Condo’s third solo exhibit, representing the past ten years, he has created a whole new group of paintings inspired by by characters from cartoons, 50s and 60s, whereby he mixes cartoons with abstraction.

Inspired mainly by the characters of Tex Avery and Hanna Barbera and Looney Tunes of those, including some now fallen into oblivion, George Condo takes the original figures of these characters as the central starting point of his painting, extending the black lines that draw their outlines to give rise to an abstract composition that will cover the rest of the web … fragmentary and subjective representations of the character from the imagination of the artist come mingle with layers of paint, repeating a great show or appearing instead implicitly as colored spots in a painterly improvisation based on a very spontaneous and imaginative use of paint. Each painting has its own color palette, taken directly from the colors that the character represented.

The exhibit will be at Galerie Jerome de Noirmont in Paris,  from May 26 through May 31, 2010.

Visit George Condo on Artnet for more information about the artist.


In the 1960s, Diane Arbus (1923-1971) was used widely by publications such as Harper’s Bazaar, Esquire, Nova and The Sunday Times Magazine. Her extensive work for the Anglo-American press is relatively unknown, however, and Pierre Leguillon’s presentation is the first time it has been shown in this way: a printed retrospective in the form of some one hundred original magazine spreads.

The French artist Pierre Leguillon has compiled a unique retrospective on the large body of work produced by Diane Arbus for the Anglo-American press in the 1960s. This spring and summer, the exhibition is being shown at Moderna Museet Malmö, featuring some 100 photos in their original context – on the pages of magazines. Read whole article: artdaily.

Trivia: Nicole Kidman potrayed Diane Arbus in the quirky art house film ‘Fur’ (2006).

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