If you’ve been planning to visit the new Hauser & Wirth gallery to see the George Condo exhibition “People are Strange”, this week is your last chance. The exhibition is closing on Saturday, April 22, 2023. The renowned American artist inaugurated the newly established West Hollywood gallery located at 8980 Santa Monica Boulevard, on February 15, 2023, with his exhibition of 15 oversized new paintings.
Condo, who is a former West Hollywood resident, says he takes the exhibit’s name from the 1967 song by The Doors and features new paintings filled with fragmented portraits and abstractions. The large-scale works reflect LA’s contradictions with vibrating planes, lines, and geometries that suggest a world of opposites and convey deep contradictions through Condo’s mastery of painting. The works on view embody the incongruities and seductive power for which Los Angeles is known.
“People Are Strange” finds Condo offering up impressions of the strange world around him and, in doing so, capturing something universal about the human condition and the transforming effects of time’s passage.
Born in Concord, New Hampshire in 1957, George Condo lives and works in New York City. He studied Art History and Music Theory at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell, where he became particularly inspired by a course on Baroque and Rococo painting. He moved to Boston and played in a punk band, ‘The Girls;’ relocated to New York, where he worked as a printer for Andy Warhol; and spent a year studying Old Master glazing techniques in Los Angeles. During his first trip to Europe in 1983, Condo connected with the anarchic Mülheimer Freiheit group in Cologne which included painters Jiri Georg Dokoupil and Walter Dahn.
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Located in West Hollywood’s LGBT Rainbow District, Hauser & Wirth occupies the site of former Heritage Classics Motorcar Company, a vintage automobile sales showroom. The distinctive 1930s Spanish Colonial Revival style of Hollywood’s Golden Age has been preserved while the interior has been transformed into a 6,000 square foot exhibition space by architect Annabelle Selldorf of Selldorf Architects.
The George Condo exhibition is free to attend. No advance booking necessary.