Modern & Postwar Artists
1939 - 2017
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.
Penck’s style fused spontaneous self-expression with restraint, and pop cultural and art historical influences with political and social concerns. Penck was also a jazz musician and published theoretical writings, sometimes juxtaposing or interspersing them with poems.