157: GEORGE CONDO, Memory of Spain, 1991
Memory of Spain, 1991. oil on canvas 82 x 78 1/8 in. (208.3 x 198.4 cm) Signed, titled, and dated "George Condo 91 Memories of Spain" on the reverse.
PROVENANCE Simon Lee Gallery, London Sale: Phillips de Pury & Co., New York, Under The Influence, March 31, 2008, lot 117 Acquired at the above sale by the present owner
In the viewer’s mind, jazz and abstraction are connected, not only because hard-bop and abstract expressionism occurred at the same time, but because both were emphasizing a similar artistic approach: a greater sense of freedom embedded in the idea that art provides the innermost expression of the individual… George Condo acts like the archaeologist who has brought forth something which is latent in our consciousness. He is not merely reviving an ancient style, but is reformulating it at the speed of our age. (O. Berggruen, George Condo: Portraits Lost in Space, New York, 1999, p. 30)