A.R. PENCK. NEw works

9 APRIL - 28 MAY 2016

The arrow of time flies freely through space
Pictures remain – form, figure and face.
Deep contradiction between old and new,
Between darkness and light
Spanning the void between hot and cold,
The weight of the unknown plan
Is a token and a symbol of its potency.

                                                                                                                A.R. Penck (October 2014)

The Michael Werner Kunsthandel is very pleased to present an exhibition by A. R. Penck entitled “New Works”. The show includes paintings on canvas as well as works using watercolour or acrylic on paper.
All the artwork was produced between 2010 and 2014, the majority in 2013 or 2014.

A.R. Penck’s oeuvre is characterized by a variety of media, and has become known for its very individual and highly recognizable visual imagery. Penck’s “unmistakable use of abstracted figures and pictorial images creates a universal vocabulary which analyses the myriad relationships between the individual and society. This memorable imagery is underpinned by systematic theory, emotional resilience and reflective humour.” (Max Hollein, A.R.Penck Retrospective, Düsseldorf 2007)

Irrespective of the medium employed or the period in which the works originated, his output always creates a dynamic energy and fascination, which continues to challenge an active engagement from the beholder. Penck’s art is often considered enigmatic due to the fact that he has shunned the public eye for many years and refuses to provide interpretations of his work.

A.R. Penck was born in Dresden in 1939. In 1968 Michael Werner presented his first solo exhibition in Cologne. His first individual exhibition was in the Museum Haus Lange in Krefeld in 1971. His work has gained international acclaim and was the subject of a major retrospective exhibition in the Schirm Kunsthalle in Frankfurt in 2007. The show moved on to the Kunsthalle in Kiel and to the Musée d’Art modern de la Ville de Paris. 2014 he contributed to the exhibition “Germany divided: Baselitz and his Generation” in the British Museum in London.