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A.R. Penck

Standart, 1990

Silkscreen
102 2/5 × 51 1/5 in
260 × 130 cm
This is part of a limited edition set.
€25,000
location
Westoverledingen, Berlin
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About the work
Exhibition history
Provenance
Signature
Handsigned lower right, numbered one out of ten lower left
Publisher
Aschenbach Gallery Amsterdam
Image rights
René Schmitt Druckgraphik
A.R. Penck
German, 1939–2017
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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 sculptures. Penck was also a jazz musician and published theoretical writings, sometimes juxtaposing or interspersing them with poems. He worked collaboratively at various times with the West German artist Jorg Immendorff.

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About the work
Exhibition history
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Signature
Handsigned lower right, numbered one out of ten lower left
Publisher
Aschenbach Gallery Amsterdam
Image rights
René Schmitt Druckgraphik
A.R. Penck
German, 1939–2017
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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 sculptures. Penck was also a jazz musician and published theoretical writings, sometimes juxtaposing or interspersing them with poems. He worked collaboratively at various times with the West German artist Jorg Immendorff.

A.R. Penck

Standart, 1990

Silkscreen
102 2/5 × 51 1/5 in
260 × 130 cm
This is part of a limited edition set.
€25,000
location
Westoverledingen, Berlin
Have a question? Read our FAQ.
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
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