Cubism was a revolutionary art style and movement, invented by Picasso and Braque in 1907-08, that brought different viewpoints into the same picture.
The term ‘cubism’ was coined by the critic Louis Vauxcelles, who described Georges Braque's paintings displayed in Paris in 1908, as “reducing everything to geometric outlines, to cubes.”
Cubism itself was introduced by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque in the early 20th century, marking a groundbreaking shift in representing reality. As one of the most influential 20th-century art styles, it’s widely recognized to have originated around 1907, notably in Picasso's renowned work ‘Demoiselles D'Avignon’, which exhibited early cubist elements.
In Cubism, conventional subjects like nudes, landscapes, and still lifes underwent a transformation into progressively fragmented compositions. The impact of Cubism reached across a global community of artists working in Paris during that era and continued to influence art beyond those years.
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American artist George Condo was part of the it-crowd in 1980s New York, hanging out at Andy Warhold’s factory. He blends Surrealism, Cubism and Pop Art to paint his own weird and wonderful world.
Marcel Duchamp was a visionary Dadaist renowned for his "readymades", challenging and redefining artworld conventions.
George Condo (he/him) was born in New Hampshire in 1957. In 1979, he moved to New York City where he continues to live and work.
Brian Calvin was born in 1969 in Visalia, California. He now lives and works in Ojai, California.
Deborah Segun (she/her) was born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1994, where she continues to live and work.
Che Lovelace (he/him) was born in 1969 in San Fernando, Trinidad. He now lives and works in Port of Spain, Trinidad.
Mickalene Thomas (she/her) was born in 1971 in New Jersey, United States and is now based in Brooklyn.
Prismatic Head Composition
George Condo re-configures emotion with a portrait spanning multiple planes.Emblematic of Condo’s unique take on Cubism and figurative painting, Prismatic Head Composition establishes a paradoxical bond between the beautiful and unsightly. Visibly disconcerted, his figure grapples with familiar and alien feelings – all at once. Eyes sit lopsided on a contorted face above multiple sets of teeth, posing the question of how many personalities are at play within a singular subject.“My work finds a way to represent the human consciousness through portrait. That portrait could represent what’s not only the exterior appearance of that person but what’s going through their mind.”One of three limited edition prints launched in support of Dia Art Foundation, Condo’s painting has been meticulously translated into a 21 colour silkscreen in close collaboration with artisan printmakers at Make-Ready in London.
Portrait and Head
George Condo offers an unsettling glimpse into the realities of the human psyche.Absurd yet familiar, Portrait And Head portrays intangible emotional states. Condo stylistically reconfigures techniques from 20th Century masters including Picasso and de Kooning, describing his sampling as ‘Psychological Cubism’. The portrait obscures human features amongst geometric gestures, cementing a multidimensional perspective on human emotion.“Picasso painted a violin from four different perspectives at one time. I do the same with psychological states. Four of them can occur simultaneously. Like glimpsing a bus with one passenger howling over a joke they’re hearing down the phone, someone else asleep, someone else crying.”One of three limited edition prints launched in support of Dia Art Foundation, Condo’s painting has been meticulously translated into a 33 colour silkscreen in close collaboration with artisan printmakers at Make-Ready in London.
Isshaq Ismail was born in 1989 in Accra, Ghana. He uses his art as a tool to make polemic statements, working in a style he describes as infantile semi-abstraction.
Ali Banisadr was born in 1976 in Tehran, Iran, and now lives and works in New York, USA.
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