American cancer, 1981
Acrylic on canvas
91.5 × 91.5 cm
In the works by George Condo, one can often discover hidden references to the most recent political and corporate scandals. Time is non-linear in his paintings, and organically interweaves the characters of the past and present. At the very beginning of his career, in the early 80’s, George Condo coined the term Artificial Realism to describe his own style.
“That’s the kind of world we live in today, that everything is this “Artificial Realism”. I mean you’re watching a real TV, listening, and then they call it fake news. It’s unbelievable. It used to be just an art concept and now it’s become a political concept. It’s something that I unleashed into the arts, but it sort of morphed into everyday life. I guess, as a painter, I’m just on to other things now. But, I’m shocked to see how much that’s caught on”. – George Condo
Traditions of Folk art and Naive art in contemporary culture, National Centre of Contemporary Art, Moscow: 08 Aug 2012 – 02 Sept 2012
Catalogue Traditions of Folk art and Naive art in contemporary culture, NCCA, Moscow, 2012. page 48