Posts Tagged ‘neo expressionist’

Artist of the moment……..A.R. Penck

A.R. Penck is a German artist associated with the Neo-Expressionist movement. A.R. Penck was born in Dresden, Germany in the year 1939. The artist was considered a rogue dissident who was under surveillance by the East Germany Communist regime/ party that ruled the country during the 1980s. Penck is a painter, printmaker, and sculptor.

Penck during this time was included in art shows that took place in West Germany.

Penck also creates soft sculptures in addition to regular sculptures from found materials including wood, tape, wire, carboard,  and cans. The artist loves to create on anything. In this manner he reminds of the great American artist Keith Haring. I find  the characters of Penck to be very expressionist. The viewer can feel the emotion of his characters immediately.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip we visit a show featuring A.R. Penck with out dear friend and fellow art enthusiast James Kalm:

What a great artist!



Artist of the moment….Elizabeth Murray

Elizabeth Murray was an American artist born in the year 1940 in Chicago, Illinois. She was renown for her uniquely shaped canvases painted with abstract shapes and bold color. Murray is associated with the Neo-Expressionist School of Painting. For her artistic education Elizabeth Murray earned a bachelors of fine arts degree from the Art Institute of Chicago. Murray went to earn a MFA from Mills University located in Oakland, California.

Murray became interested in art as a high school student. A teacher at her school helped form a foundation for Murray in order for her to attend college at the Chicago Art Institute.

From the wonderful PBS series Art 21 we view a short bio on Elizabeth Murray:

In addition to oddly and very uniquely shaped canvases, Murray would join canvases together or place on canvas on top of the another.

And in this clip we meet up with our friend Jams Kalm to view a gallery show:

Elizabeth Murray’s work is included in prominent museums including the Museum of  Modern Art located in New York City. The Whitney Museum of Art in New York City, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Member of the American Institute of Arts and Letters.

Elizabeth Murray passed away in 2007 at the age of 66 years old.

price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $130,000.


Artist of the moment……Andre Butzer

Andre Butzer is a contemporary artist working in a genre sometimes called science fiction expressionism. When I look at his art I am reminded of the wonderful expressionist Edward Munch, famous for “The Scream.” Butzer was born in Stuttgart, Germany in the year 1973.

price range information: Original works range $15,000 to $45,000.

Some influences were Willem De Kooning and Phillip Guston.

Started exhibiting in 1999.

In this clip we visit a show given in 2011 at Saatchi Germany gallery.

In this clip we visit our art loving friend James Kalm for an exhibition featuring Andre Butzer. Kalm is a walking history of the New York art scene.

Artist of the moment…Francesco Clemente….

Francesco Clemente is a fantastic contemporary artist born in Naples, Italy in the year 1952. His father was a judge and Clemente was the only child born to the family.  As a visitor to many different cultures ans societies his art is  wonderful blend of all cultures. For instance his paintings of India give a wonderful and very playful look into Indian culture.

Price range: Very prolific as far as output. Etchings run $2,000 to $10,000. Watercolor $10,000 to $100,000.  Many pastels range $10,000 to $25,000.  Oils range $20,000 to the low six figures. Also has done some work with photography.

Two series that have been well acclaimed by critics include a great number of portraits spanning decades. A glimpse of Neo-Expression can be seen here. Clemente also produced a wonderful series featuring Tarot cards.

In 1970 attended a University in Rome where he began to study architecture.

First solo exhibition in 1971.

Included in the 1980 Venice Biennale.

He also learned the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit.

In 1984 he worked on collaborations with Andy Warhol And Jean Michel Basquiat.

Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Here is a great interview with PBS anchor Charlie Rose.

Has studios in many international cities including Rome, New York, and also in India.

A clip from a show given at the Tate in London:

This clip is a mixture of German and English. I included it because it covers a series the artist did with watercolors that includes 40 paintings.


Its great to see an artist that lived in the 1980s and actually worked with Warhol and Basquiat thriving and doing so well!