A.R. PENCK

A.R. Penck

1939 Dresden – 2017 Zurich

Surrealism, cubism, genre painting of the nineteenth century, historical paintings, gestural painting of the 1950s, contemporary pop art, and obviously the works of his contemporaries – Penck had many inspirations, but he transferred them into a completely autonomous language of images and forms: clear lines, pictogram-like forms, stick figures on canvases that sometimes assume enormous sizes. Current events, universal themes, as well as personal experiences are all present in his concise and unprecedented world of images. In 1980, due to increasing political pressure, Penck emigrated to West Germany, where he met and became friends with Joseph Beuys, Jörg Immendorff, Markus Lüpertz, and Per Kirkeby.

He was one of the most important painters advancing the renewal of painting in Germany, yet he stayed true to his own aesthetics that he had developed back in Dresden. In East Germany, he remained mostly unknown, his smaller exhibitions there having little success. His art, fluctuating from abstraction to figuration, did not fit into the aesthetic ideals of socialist realism. However, in West Germany his paintings were celebrated. In 1971, Haus Lange in Krefeld was the first museum to house his solo exhibition. In 1972, Penck took part in documenta for the first time and, together with Joseph Beuys, had his works displayed in the State Gallery of Modern Art of the Bavarian State Painting Collections in Munich. His paintings and bronze sculptures, which he created from 1982 onwards, have been displayed in galleries and museums around the world. Penck moved to London in 1983, and then to Dublin in 2003. From 1988 to 2003, he was a professor at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf.

Reinhard Pods, Ohne Titel (will), 1981, Oil on canvas, 200 x 220.3 cm
Reinhard Pods, Ohne Titel (will), 1981, Oil on canvas, 200 x 220.3 cm
Reinhard Pods, Ohne Titel (will), 1981, Oil on canvas, 200 x 220.3 cm
Reinhard Pods, Ohne Titel (will), 1981, Oil on canvas, 200 x 220.3 cm
Reinhard Pods, Ohne Titel (will), 1981, Oil on canvas, 200 x 220.3 cm
Reinhard Pods, Ohne Titel (will), 1981, Oil on canvas, 200 x 220.3 cm
Reinhard Pods, Ohne Titel (will), 1981, Oil on canvas, 200 x 220.3 cm

A.R. Penck
Ein ICH blickt um sich

2009
Acrylic on canvas
70.5 x 90.5 cm

Reinhard Pods, Ohne Titel (will), 1981, Oil on canvas, 200 x 220.3 cm

A.R. Penck
Monument for Andreas Urteil

ca. 1985
Bronze, patinated
56.5 x 10 x 3.5 cm

Reinhard Pods, Ohne Titel (will), 1981, Oil on canvas, 200 x 220.3 cm

A.R. Penck
Untitled

ca. 1987
Ink and pastel on laid paper
60 x 88.5 cm

Reinhard Pods, Ohne Titel (will), 1981, Oil on canvas, 200 x 220.3 cm

A.R. Penck
Untitled/vertical folded

ca. 1987
Ink and pastel on laid paper
60 x 88.3 cm

Reinhard Pods, Ohne Titel (will), 1981, Oil on canvas, 200 x 220.3 cm

A.R. Penck
Promise of Space-Concept

1991
Dispersion color on canvas
90 x 60.3 cm

Reinhard Pods, Ohne Titel (will), 1981, Oil on canvas, 200 x 220.3 cm

A.R. Penck
Untitled

ca. 1987
Ink on laid paper
59.5 x 88.3 cm

Reinhard Pods, Ohne Titel (will), 1981, Oil on canvas, 200 x 220.3 cm

A.R. Penck
Ausweglos

2009
Acrylic on canvas
70.5 x 90.5 cm

Reinhard Pods, Ohne Titel (will), 1981, Oil on canvas, 200 x 220.3 cm

A.R. Penck
Untitled (Train station)

ca. 1987
Gouache on paper
60 x 89 cm

Reinhard Pods, Ohne Titel (will), 1981, Oil on canvas, 200 x 220.3 cm

A.R. Penck
Untitled

1995
Acrylic on canvas
105 x 145 cm

Reinhard Pods, Ohne Titel (will), 1981, Oil on canvas, 200 x 220.3 cm

A.R. Penck
Untitled

1974
Dispersioncolor on cardboard, placed on wood
76 x 114 cm

Reinhard Pods, Ohne Titel (will), 1981, Oil on canvas, 200 x 220.3 cm

A.R. Penck
TRXT

2009
Acrylic on canvas
160 x 120 cm

Reinhard Pods, Ohne Titel (will), 1981, Oil on canvas, 200 x 220.3 cm

A.R. Penck
Untitled

1987
Bronze, patinated
23 x 32 x 23 cm

Reinhard Pods, Ohne Titel (will), 1981, Oil on canvas, 200 x 220.3 cm

A.R. Penck
Untitled

1987
Pastel on laid paper
60.2 x 89.2 cm

Reinhard Pods, Ohne Titel (will), 1981, Oil on canvas, 200 x 220.3 cm

A.R. Penck
Untitled

ca. 1989
Ink and pastel on laid paper
59.5 x 88.3 cm

Reinhard Pods, Ohne Titel (will), 1981, Oil on canvas, 200 x 220.3 cm

A.R. Penck
Untitled

ca. 1989
Wax crayon on paper
48 x 65.5 cm

Reinhard Pods, Ohne Titel (will), 1981, Oil on canvas, 200 x 220.3 cm

A.R. Penck
Untitled

ca. 1989
Ink and pastel on laid paper
60 x 88.8 cm

Reinhard Pods, Ohne Titel (will), 1981, Oil on canvas, 200 x 220.3 cm

A.R. Penck
Kölnerin

1987
Ink and pastel on laid paper
60 x 88.8 cm

Reinhard Pods, Ohne Titel (will), 1981, Oil on canvas, 200 x 220.3 cm

A.R. Penck
Untitled

1987
Pastel on laid paper
60 x 89 cm

Reinhard Pods, Ohne Titel (will), 1981, Oil on canvas, 200 x 220.3 cm

A.R. Penck
KM

1986
Bronze, patinated
77.5 x 10.8 x 11.5 cm

Exhibition

UPCOMING SHOW

A.R. Penck
Opening September 8, 2022, 6-8 pm
Exhibition September 9 – October 14, 2022
Mo-Fr, 10am – 6pm