A.R. Penck: Was ist Standard 1970
Verlag Gebr. König, Köln, 1970
In this artist book Penck explains his “Standart-Bilder” (standard pictures) are a form of political concept art that was aimed at making a constructive contribution to socialism. The pictures were designed to work as visual signs to be understood and used by everybody. The artist’s program of reducing pictures to signs and symbols that control and structure patterns of behavior was to establish a non-hierarchical discourse and influence the discussion on art.