A.R. Penck
German, 1939-2017
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Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by a major museum
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Selected exhibitions
2018
"A.R. Penck: Paintings from the 1980s and Memorial to an Unknown East German Soldier",
Michael Werner Gallery
A.R. Penck,
Galerie Michael Haas
"A.R. Penck: Paintings from the 1980s and Memorial to an Unknown East German Soldier",
Michael Werner Gallery

Considered a Neo-Expressionist along with artists such as Sigmar Polke and Anselm Kiefer, A.R. Penck is best known for his paintings and sculptures characterized by simplified figures and forms, and neo-primitive symbols and patterns. Born Ralf Winkler, the artist adopted his pseudonym after reading the work of the geologist Albrecht Penck. A.R. Penck lived in East Berlin from 1963 to ’72; unable to exhibit there publicly, he smuggled works out to West Berlin and Switzerland, where he enjoyed enough fame to provide him some protection from the German police. Penck’s style fused spontaneous self-expression with restraint, and pop cultural and art historical influences with political and social concerns. As a sculptor, he was constructing objects as early as the ’60s made from cardboard boxes, slats, used bottles, and tinfoil and later, in the ’80s, he made sometimes-monumental wooden …

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