A.R. Penck "New System Paintings"

Michael Werner Gallery

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A.R. Penck’s new System Paintings demonstrate the artist’s continued exploration of social structures and systems, extending a complex pictorial language the artist first developed in the 1960s. His earliest mature works employed a range of standardized signs and symbols derived from his deep personal interests in mathematics, cybernetics and behavioral theories. Through the use of a complex language of abstract forms and representational pictographs, painted with dispatch, the artist investigates systems of communication and information. The expressive, often primitive appearance of A.R. Penck’s pictorial language masks his paintings’ conceptual underpinnings; his deeply symbolic pictorial language examines with intelligence, wit and painterly inventiveness the political and social structures that exist in contemporary society, and their relationship to individual experience.



from September 10, 2009 to October 24, 2009


A.R. Penck

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