A. R. Penck
Born in DE.
A. R. Penck (the pseudonym of Ralf Winkler) is strongly influenced by the surroundings he grows up in and starts working as an artist. As a resident of East Germany (Penck lived in Dresden till 1980, when he moved to the West) he pays close attention to social structures and the relationships that take place within those structures.
By reducing the unmanageable abstractions to tangible multi-layered symbols, Penck strives to objectify the demonic, which he associates with an overly organised society, and create personal freedom.
The symbols are the product of Penck’s research into the expressive qualities of graphic elements from different eras, starting with cave art and African art, moving to contemporary, mathematical and technical symbols.
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A.R. Penck 'Mike Hammer -...
A. R. Penck, A.R. Penck 'Mike Hammer - Konsequenzen', 1985. Book, ink, paper, 29.4 x 21 cm, numbered edition (194/600), language : German, author : Johannes Cladders, publisher : Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach.
...The Northern Darkness ...
A. R. Penck, ...The Northern Darkness - A.R. Penck, 1987. Book, ink, paper, 29.1 x 20.5 cm, language : English, published by Declan McGonagle (Orchard Gallery, Derry), Patrick Murphy (Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin) & Mark Francis (Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh).
a Y (a.r. penck)
A. R. Penck, a Y (a.r. penck), 1983. Book, ink, paper, 29.6 x 21 cm, language : German, text & layout by the artist, publisher : Vereniging aktuele kunst vzw, Gent.
Was ist Gravitation? I
A. R. Penck, Was ist Gravitation? I, 1984. Painting, acryl, canvas, 252 x 351 cm.
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The Eightees – A Decade o...
17 June 2016 - 18 September 2016.
The Eighties – A Decade of Extremes presents a nuanced picture of the eighties with all its contrasts, cheerful and playful, but also hard an