In Paris, Condo lives by chance in the same building as the psychotherapist Félix Guattari. Guattari enthusiastically observes that Condo does not respect the conventional psychological limits of portraiture. His characters do not show the minimum of mental steadiness that an observer requires for developing an emotional link.
Condo admires the deconstruction of heads and bodies by Picasso. His gallery of imaginary portraits with a graphic style inspired by the cartoons becomes a teratology of insanity in which the hysteria is no longer incongruous in our contemporary society. He defines these artworks as artificial realism, which may be grouped under themes such as Manic society or Female disasters.
On February 28 in New York, Phillips sells Nude homeless drinker, oil on canvas 165 x 183 cm painted in 1999, lot 43 estimated $ 500K.
This female exhibitionist brandishes her bottle in a raging circular arc decomposed into five gradual stages. At the penultimate position the cap has left, releasing the liquid in a big bubble. This circus scene is easy to follow but its motivation can only be explained by insanity. Freed from any risk of empathy, the viewer questions the monstrosities of modern life.
SOLD for $ 590K including premium