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    Sale 7619

    Post-War & Contemporary Art Day Sale

    21 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 222

    Günther Uecker (b. 1930)


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    Günther Uecker (b. 1930)
    signed and dated 'Uecker 66' (on the reverse)
    kaolin and nails on canvas laid down on board
    27½ x 27½in. (69.8 x 69.8cm.)
    Executed in 1966

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    The combination of fine sand granules, kaolin clay, and sharp nails present an engaging contrast in dimension and texture and imparts a sculpturesque quality to the surface of Günther Uecker's Schlachtfeld. The incorporation of unconventional materials is characteristic of Uecker's approach to art and one that has played a significant role in his technique since the early 1960s.

    As a key player in the Dusseldorf-based Zero movement, Uecker's works examine notions of renewal from the collective memory of affliction faced by his post-war generation. Together with other Zero members, including Otto Piene and Heinz Mack, Uecker's art embodies ideas of a new beginning from point zero distancing themselves from the wartime atrocities perpetuated by their country.

    The nail-filled canvas of Schlachtfeld, executed in 1966, is an example of Günther Uecker's unique oeuvre. The angular positioning of the nails diagonally through the composition creates a relationship between light and shadow and brings a sense of energy and motion to the surface. Uecker highlights the dichotomy between violence and placidity by contrasting harsh materials and tranquil forms.

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    McRoberts and Tunnard, Ltd., London.
    Acquired from the above by the family of the present owner on 17 January 1967.
    A gift from the above to the present owner in 2005.