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Rush Hour

Artist:
George Condo (American, born Concord, New Hampshire, 1957)
Date:
2010
Medium:
Acrylic, graphite, charcoal, and pastel on canvas
Dimensions:
83 5/16 x 73 1/8 in. (211.6 x 185.7 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
George A. Hearn Fund, 2011
Accession Number:
2011.306
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 915
Condo’s art has always paid homage to the masters of the past, from Velazquez and Goya to Pablo Picasso and the Abstract Expressionists. This painting’s crush of commuters contains many of the recognizable characters the artist has developed over the course of his substantial career—including "Rodrigo," the disheveled, mischievous butler whose smoking jacket and bowtie are signature. Their fractured bodies recall the twisting, multiple viewpoints of analytic cubism. Condo’s line-driven composition—he has called this work a "drawing painting"—also seems to echo Arshile Gorky’s color-blocked washes in his landscapes of the 1940s or Willem de Kooning’s early abstractions, wherein bits of flesh peek through a flurry of furious marks.
the artist, New York (2010–11); [Skarstedt Gallery, New York, 2011; sold to MMA]

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