Explore the exhibition “George Condo: Mental States,” the first retrospective of twenty-five years of work by the American artist George Condo. Concentrating on painting, but including sculpture as well, the exhibition will offer a comprehensive survey of a career that has been innovative in his assimilation and appropriation of elements of Western artists from Velásquez to Picasso to Arshile Gorky. Condo’s work has explored the idea of “artificial realism,” which has given life to imagined characters.

Conventionally, a portrait depicts an individual who exists, or once existed. Condo’s portraits do not. Painted with a highly detailed naturalism and detail of figure, costume, and attribute, Condo’s portraits fantastically portray anthropomorphic beings with humorously grotesque features. Have a conversation with members of your family or close friends and discover what wonderful and unexpected stories can emerge by placing Condo’s characters in a fantastic world. Inspired by Condo’s artwork, create portraits of characters you fancy.

Museum First Saturdays for Families are free of charge. This program is designed and recommended for families with children four to fifteen years old, and includes free New Museum admission for up to two adults per family. Children under eighteen are always admitted free. No preregistration is required. Space is limited and tickets are given out on a first-come, first-served basis. Your entire party must be present; tickets will not be given to partial parties.

For more information about New Museum First Saturdays for Families, e-mail familyprograms@newmuseum.org.

Saturday, February 5, 2011 | 10:00 AM

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