Wolfgang Petrick

Wolfgang Petrick (born 12 January 1939, Berlin, Germany) is a German artist.

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From 1958 to 1965 Petrick completed a course of studies in biology at the Freie Universität Berlin and in art at the Hochschule der Künste (HdK) as a master scholar with Werner Volkert. From 1975 to 2007 he was a professor at the HdK, and he has been a member of the Academy of Arts, Berlin in Berlin since 1993. He lives and works in Berlin and, since 1994,[1] has also been working in New York.

Together with Karl Horst Hödicke, Markus Lüpertz, Peter Sorge and others, Petrick founded in 1965 in Berlin the exhibition association "Großgörschen 35",[2] Germany's first self-help gallery (a producers' gallery in the present day sense). Years later as a "Kritischer Realist" he belonged to the group "Aspekt".[3]

His initial creative work primarily concentrated on painting, drawing, sculpture, and graphic arts and prints. Since 2000 he has also worked in photography. He has been designing books since 2003 and has so far worked in collaboration with the authors Hans Christoph Buch (Morovia, Mon Amour)[4] and Bora Ćosić (Alaska).[5]

  1. ^ For an overview of contemporary art in Berlin see "BERLINART 1961–1987", Exhibition catalogue, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1987.
  2. ^ Stationen der Moderne - Die bedeutenden Kunstausstellungen des 20. Jahrhunderts in Deutschland", Exhibition catalogue, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, 1988.
  3. ^ Karin Thomas Kunst in Deutschland seit 1945, Cologne, 2002.
  4. ^ Mariannenpresse, Berlin, 2002.
  5. ^ Literaturhaus, Berlin, 2008.


  • Works 1962-1979, Zeichnungen, Bilder, Objekte, Druckgraphik. Exhibition Catalog, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin 1979.
  • 1962-1989: Sprung durch die Sonne. Exhibition Catalog, Esslingen (Villa Merkel), Hamburg, Hamburger Kunsthalle, 1989, ISBN 3-923717-54-7.
  • Narziss. Exhibition Catalog, Raab-Galerie. Berlin 1995, ISBN 3-926639-30-X.
  • Malerei und Material. Exhibition Catalog, Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin 1999.
  • Batteria-GlasBau-Raum-Objekt-Drawing. Exhibition Catalog, Akademie der Künste, Berlin 2000.
  • Deep-Action. Wolfgang Petrick and Meisterschüler. Exhibition Catalog, Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin 2005.
  • Good Slave-Bad Master. Exhibition Catalog, Galerie Michael Schultz, Berlin 2006.
  • Mutatio. Exhibitions Catalog, Sara Asperger Gallery, Berlin 2008.


  • Peter Sager: Neue Formen des Realismus Kunst Zwischen Illusion und Wirklichkeit. Dumont, Köln 1977, ISBN 3-7701-0656-3.

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