A.R. Penck

 
Titre: Elbblick
Technique: Bronze with green patina
Signé(e) et daté(e): 1994
Dimension: 46 x 23 x 14 cm
Provenance:

Die Galerie, Düsseldorf

Avanti Galleries, Inc., New York

Prix: Contactez-nous
 

Considered a Neo-Expressionist alongside artists such as Anselm Kiefer and Sigmar Polke, A.R. Penck (German, b. 1939) is largely known for his primitive style featuring simplified figures. Working in a variety of mediums such as painting, sculpture and printmaking, Penck utilized basic geometric symbols and patterns to create forms reminiscent of Outsider Art, ancient cave paintings, and graffiti. His work was influenced by a range of pop cultural, political, social, and art historical influences, and his chosen aesthetic effectively conveyed thoughts and emotions that were easily understood by and communicated to a universal audience. The present work features a slim, fragile looking bronze figure standing with their arms raised. The irony, however, is that despite the uneven edges and expressionist style of the work, the figure is stoic and firm in its stance because of the durability and strength of the material.

Born Ralf Winkler on October 5, 1939 in Dresden, Germany, he adopted A.R. Penck as a moniker based on the early 20th-century paleogeologist Albrecht Penck when East German State Security began confiscating his works during the 1960s. Expelled to West Germany by the GDR Communist regime in 1980, he became a part of a milieu of Neo-Expressionist painters. Today, his works are held in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Kunstmuseum Basel, and the Städel Museum in Frankfurt. 

 

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