A.R. Penck, ‘Standart’, 1990, RENÉ SCHMITT 

Signature: Handsigned lower right, numbered one out of ten lower left

Image rights: René Schmitt Druckgraphik

Publisher: Aschenbach Gallery Amsterdam

Expo Chicago 2017, Aschenbach Gallery, Amsterdam

Aschenbach Gallery Amsterdam

About A.R. Penck

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.

German, 1939-2017, Dresden, Germany

Group Shows

2016
Exhibition hall Arsenals, 
Riga, Latvia,
German Art Since The Late 1960s
2016
Latvian National Museum of Art, 
Riga, Latvia,
Wahlverwandtschaften, Deutsche Kunst seit den späten 1960er Jahren
2015
Staatsgalerie Moderner Kunst, 
Augsburg, Germany,
Aufruhr in Augsburg. Deutsche Malerei der 1960er bis 1980er Jahre
2015
Haus der Kunst, 
Munich, Germany,
Geniale Dilletanten. Subkultur der 1980er Jahre in Deutschland
2009
Johanneskirche, 
Saarbrücken, Germany,
20 Jahre Mauerfall – 20 deutsche Maler
1984
Museum of Modern Art, 
New York, NY, USA,
An International Survey of Recent Painting and Scultpure
1983
The Tate Gallery, 
London, UK,
New Art at the Tate Gallery
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