Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 10

A.R. Penck (Ralf Winkler)
Expedition to the Holy Land

1983

$16,000

About

Concept, aquatint etching printed on Arches paper, pencil-signed and numbered by the artist, A.R. Penck. Part of the Portfolio “Expedition to the Holy Land” published in 1983, consisting of 15 individual prints each in an edition of 50. Printed by Burston Graphic Center, Jerusalem. Born Ralf Winkler, the artist adopted his pseudonym, A.R. Penck, after reading the work of the geologist Albrecht Penck. A leading proponent of German Neo-Expressionism, Penck produced Expedition to the Holy Land in response to his trip to Israel and its occupied territories in early 1983. The project was the brainchild of prominent publisher and collector, Joshua Gessel, who invited Penck to portray his experiences and impressions of the Holy Land. From 1963 to ’72 Penck lived in East Berlin in the Communist controlled German Democratic Republic. Unable to exhibit publicly, he smuggled works out to West Berlin and Switzerland, where he enjoyed enough fame to provide him some protection from the Stasi, the East German police. Penck’s art combined spontaneous, self-expression with art historical influences that had obvious political and social overtones. As a sculptor, he was constructing objects as early as the ’60s made from cardboard boxes, slats, used bottles, and tinfoil. Penck was also a jazz musician and published theoretical writings, sometimes juxtaposing or interspersing them with poems. In Dresden Penck studied painting, becoming a major proponent, alongside figures like Georg Baselitz and Jörg Immendorf, of the combination of expressionistic, gestural mark-making and naïve, totemic imagery that came to be known as Neo-Expressionism that is associated with the work of contemporary German artists such as Sigmar Polke and Anselm Kiefer. Penck is best known for his paintings and sculptures characterized by simplified stick figures and forms, neo-primitive symbols and patterns. In addition to the dozens of international exhibitions held over the course of Penck’s career, the artist’s work has been shown at Madrid’s ARCO, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Musée d’Art moderne de la ville de Paris. His work is included in the collections of major institutions, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Kunstmuseum Basel, New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Victoria in Australia, and the Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art in Budapest. I

Details

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Rates vary by destination and complexity.
    Ships From: New York, NY
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn more
About the Seller
4.7 / 5
Located in New York, NY
Vetted Seller
Our team of world-class specialists approve every seller on 1stDibs.
Established in 1928
1stDibs seller since 2014
276 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: 20 hours
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

Mul, Bul Dang & Sentimentality, Abstract Woodblock by A.R. Penck
By A.R. Penck (Ralf Winkler)
Located in Long Island City, NY
Category

1980s Abstract Expressionist

Materials

Woodcut

"Adam Eats Eve in the Evening" Original Lithograph signed by Stephanie Astrinsky
By Stephanie Astrinsky
Located in Milwaukee, WI
Category

1980s Neo-Expressionist

Materials

Lithograph

"La Musique est le Pain des Anges," Color Lithograph signed by Theo Tobiasse
By Théo Tobiasse
Located in Milwaukee, WI
Category

1990s Neo-Expressionist

Materials

Lithograph

"Comme une Rose Sur l'Ecune des Vagues," Color Litho signed by Theo Tobiasse
By Théo Tobiasse
Located in Milwaukee, WI
Category

1990s Neo-Expressionist

Materials

Lithograph

Vintage David Hockney Poster San Francisco Opera 1982, whimsical color drawings
By (after) David Hockney
Located in New York, NY
Category

1980s Neo-Expressionist

Materials

Lithograph

Modernist British Israeli Lithograph Expressionist Figures
By Michael Druks
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
Category

20th Century Neo-Expressionist

Materials

Lithograph

Il Trovatore
By Sandro Chia
Located in Long Island City, NY
Category

1980s Neo-Expressionist

Materials

Lithograph

Il Trovatore
$1,120 Sale Price
20% Off
Seated Woman
By Sandro Chia
Located in Long Island City, NY
Category

1970s Neo-Expressionist

Materials

Lithograph

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery