Guest Column: Sidney Vera on George Condo at Hauser & Wirth WEHO

The newly opened Hauser & Wirth WEHO Gallery is currently home to a stunning exhibition titled “George Condo: People are Strange.” This exhibition features an array of works by the celebrated artist, showcasing his masterful skill in portraying the human form in all its complexity. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Francis Bacon and Picasso, Condo creates a world that is both grotesque and beautiful, challenging the viewer’s notions of what it means to be human. As the renowned writer Joan Didion once said, “We tell ourselves stories in order to live,” and Condo’s work seems to embody this sentiment perfectly.

One of the standout pieces in the exhibition is “Mama’s Boys,” a large-scale painting that depicts a group of distorted figures gathered around a central figure. The painting is a testament to Condo’s ability to create a sense of unease in the viewer, with its distorted forms and eerie atmosphere. As Didion once wrote, “We are all trying to get somewhere that is not here,” and “Mama’s Boys” seems to capture this sense of displacement and dislocation perfectly.

Another notable work in the exhibition is “Double Trouble,” a diptych that features two portraits of a single figure, each with its own distinct personality. The painting is a powerful exploration of the duality of human nature, with one side of the figure depicted as sinister and the other as innocent. Didion once wrote, “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be,” and “Double Trouble” seems to embody this idea perfectly.

Throughout the exhibition, Condo’s skill as a painter is on full display, with each work showcasing his ability to capture the human form in all its complexity. His use of color and texture adds depth and nuance to his works, creating a sense of depth and richness that is truly awe-inspiring.

In conclusion, “George Condo: People are Strange” is a must-see exhibition that showcases the masterful skill of one of the most celebrated artists of our time. As Didion once wrote, “We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell,” and Condo’s work seems to capture this sentiment perfectly. This is an exhibition that is not to be missed, and one that will leave a lasting impression on all who see it.

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