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The Phillips Collection (Dupont Circle)
1600 21st St. NW,
Washington, DC 20009

America's first museum of modern art is a cozy place best known for its collection of impressionist works. More.
(202) 387-2151
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Tues-Sat, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm; Sun, 12:00-7:00 pm; Thursdays open until 8:30 pm; through June 25


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 George Condo The Way I Think

George Condo The Way I Think

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The Phillips presents a survey of drawings and paintings by George Condo (b. 1957, Concord, New Hampshire), a prolific painter whose career spans three decades and is best known for his rich pictorial inventions, existential humor, and imaginative portraits that incorporate a hybridization of art-historical influences, such as Goya, Velázquez, Manet, Picasso, and Guston.
 

Working in New York and Paris (where he lived from 1985 to 1995), Condo has long challenged the primacy of painting over drawing. He has never considered painting as fulfillment of his drawing's promise. It is in his drawings that his process of “painting memory” (the title of a course he taught at Harvard University) becomes most undisguised—where he relies on the mind and the imagination to take a “snapshot” rather than photographic material, splits his imaginary subjects into a kind of “psychological cubism,” and allows figurative compositions to be “infested” with abstraction.
 

This exhibition of more than 200 drawings and sketches and eight “drawing paintings” allow visitors unprecedented insight into the mind and creative process of this extraordinarily imaginative artist.