b. 1930, Germany

Günther Uecker Biography

Günther Uecker is a German artist and member of the ZERO movement best known for his signature use of nails arranged into tactile, sculptural paintings. Following an interest in Eastern philosophies, Uecker’s use of nails on canvas served as a meditative ritual, with the repetitive nature of hammering, transforming his theories into a lived artistic practice. First drawn to the Socialist Realism style of painting while studying in postwar Berlin, Uecker began creating reliefs in 1957. Born on March 13, 1930 in Wendorf, Germany, the artist met John Cage in 1959 who influenced the scope of his practice. In Uecker’s later work, the artist merely initiates a project and allows it to be taken where it needs to go—wherever that may be, even if it eventually is out of his hands. In 1961, after joining the ZERO group alongside Heinz Mack and Otto Piene, Uecker expanded his practice to include audience participation. The artist currently lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany. Uecker’s works are held in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, among others.

Günther Uecker Featured Artworks

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Kosmos 12 by Günther Uecker contemporary artwork print
Günther Uecker Kosmos 12, 2003 Offset print on cardboard
68 x 48.5 cm
Galerie Thomas Contact Gallery
Kosmos 02 by Günther Uecker contemporary artwork print
Günther Uecker Kosmos 02, 2003 Offset print on cardboard
68 x 48.5 cm
Galerie Thomas Contact Gallery
Aggressive Reihung by Günther Uecker contemporary artwork works on paper, sculpture, drawing
Günther Uecker Aggressive Reihung, 1970 Nails and graphite on canvas mounted on wood,
60 x 60 x 6 cm
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art Contact Gallery
Selbstportrait by Günther Uecker contemporary artwork sculpture
Günther Uecker Selbstportrait, 1967 Plexiglas, iron-rods, metal and wood
187 x 60 x 60 cm
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art Contact Gallery
Aschegarten by Günther Uecker contemporary artwork sculpture
Günther Uecker Aschegarten, 1991 Ashes and stone on canvas laid on board
105 x 75 cm
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Axel Vervoordt Gallery
Schwarze Spirale by Günther Uecker contemporary artwork painting
Günther Uecker Schwarze Spirale, 1994 Acrylic and nails on canvas
150 x 150 cm
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Weisses Feld by Günther Uecker contemporary artwork sculpture
Günther Uecker Weisses Feld, 1987 White paint and nails on canvas on board
90 x 90 x 15.5 cm
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Lichtbogen by Günther Uecker contemporary artwork painting
Günther Uecker Lichtbogen, 2020 Watercolour and paint on canvas
300 x 200 cm
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Günther Uecker Recent Exhibitions

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Günther Uecker Represented By

Axel Vervoordt Gallery contemporary art gallery in Hong Kong Axel Vervoordt Gallery Antwerp, Hong Kong
Cardi Gallery contemporary art gallery in Milan, Italy Cardi Gallery London, Milan
LGDR contemporary art gallery in New York, USA LGDR Hong Kong, London, Miami, New York, Palm Beach, Paris, Zurich

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