So Faux They Are Real: Eneas Capalbo’s ‘Fake Condos’

Friday, January 21, 2011

Artist Eneas Capalbo‘s show “Fake Condos” opens on Jan. 22 and runs through Feb. 14 at The Half Gallery at 208 Forsyth Street.

Half Gallery’s Bill Powers says, “More doppelgänger than appropriation artist, Capalbo celebrates the 10th anniversary of his “Fake Condos” series just as the real George Condo stages his own survey blocks away at The New Museum. Some viewers may immediately think that Mike Bidlo and Elaine Sturtevant have tread these boards before, however;  Eneas feels quite the opposite, instead paying tribute to the virtuosity and brushstrokes of his predecessor’s work in all too real time and further complicating matters by having George Condo himself attend the inauguration of these fake Condo paintings when they debuted in 2001, prompting The New York Times to question the very provenance of the pieces themselves. So perhaps more than anything these paintings are a call to complicity, an open rejection of the dictatorial nature creation demands. And they’re cool-looking, too.”


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