George Condo Makes Mark Rothko See Red

Though Beavis and Butt-Head might approve of the New Museum's retrospective

Homeless Harlequins
Courtesy New Museum of Contemporary Art
Homeless Harlequins

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George Condo: 'Mental States'
The New Museum of Contemporary Art
235 Bowery
212-219-1222, newmuseum.org
Through May 8

In the end, though, this exhibition suffers from far too much ersatz feeling and an overdose of treacly painterly pandering. Back to Rothko: Paintings need something important to say to be convincing, no matter how highly skilled. In the end, what this exhibition illustrates—to anyone really looking—is that Condo's art didn't so much make history as ride its coattails.

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