Stern Pissarro Gallery

A.R. Penck

(German, born 1939)

the right point by a.r. penck

A.R. Penck

The Right Point, 1993

Price on Request



Born as Ralf Winkler Dresden, East Germany
Experiences the bombing of Dresden on 13th and 14th of February
1953 - 1954
Painting and Drawing course with Jürgen Böttcher
Begins an apprenticeship as a draftsman at VEB DEWAG (Volkseigener Betrieb Deutsche Werbeagentur, Nationally owned enterprise German advertising agency)
Repeatedly unsuccessful applications to art academies in Dresden and East Berlin. As an autodidactic artist he begins to work on painting, sculpture, film, writing and music
1957 - 1959
Starts making figurative sculptures and head studies out of plaster. Meets Georg Kern (Baselitz)
First System-Bilder and further portraits and autoportraits
Own studio in Lange Strasse, Dresden
Concentrates on working with cybernetics, other scientific areas and System-Bilder.
Produces his first Standart-Arbeiten and sculptures out of various materials
Takes part in an exhibition at the Puschkin-Haus in Dresden. Meets Michael Werner.


ARCO Madrid, Spain
Helge Leiberg, A.R. Penck, Markus Lüpertz u.a. – MALER und BILDHAUER, Galerie Winter, Wiesbaden, Germany
Art of Two Germanys/Cold War Cultures, LACMA, Los Angeles, traveling to Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg and Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin
A.R. Penck: Paintings from the Eighties, Michael Werner Gallery, New York
Series Drawings, Michael Werner Gallery, New York
Being and Nature – The Unknown Penck, Städtische Galerie Dresden, Dresden
Julius Werner Berlin (solo)
A:R. Penck: Die Achtziger Jahre (The Eighties), Julius Werner Berlin, Berlin
A.R. Penck: Peinture, Système, Monde, Musée d’Art moderne de la ville de Paris, Paris
A.R. Penck, Galerie Scheffel, Bad Homburg


A.R. Penck, Ereignisse im Unbekannten, texts by A.R. PENCK and MARCADÉ Bernard, Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Paris, 2003
A. R. Penck, texts by A.R. PENCK and Bernard MARCADÉ, Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Paris, 1996