Sale: 489 / Evening Sale, June 07. 2019 in Munich Lot 149

Günther Uecker
Ohne Titel, 1965.
Post auction sale: € 220,000 / $ 248,600
Lot description
Ohne Titel. 1965.
Nails and white paint on canvas over panel.
Not in Honisch. Verso signed and dedicated "In Freundschaft für Sacha und Frau" (in friendship for Sacha and wife) as well as inscribed with direction arrow and the information "oben" (top). 60 x 60 x 13 cm (23.6 x 23.6 x 5.1 in).

- Early work from the important "ZERO" days.
- Appealing nail arrangement.
- In private possession for 50 years.
- This work has never been offered on the market before
This work is registered at the Uecker Archive with the number GU.65.113 and has been earmarked for inclusion into Uecker's forthcoming catalog raisonné.

PROVENANCE: Private collection North Rhine-Westphalia (obtained as Christmas present from the artist in 1965; every since family property).

"Visualizing the course of a motion as a state of livelines in which man actively partakes in creative repitition, in monotony, is an exciting action indeed. It can be perceived spiritually - like a prayer. My objects are spatial realities, a zone of light. I employ mechanic means in order to overcome the subjective gesture, to gain in objectivity, to create a situation of freedom."
Günther Uecker, 1961, quote after: ZERO. Die internationale Kunstbewegung der 50er und 60er Jahre, ex. cat. Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin 2015, p. 488.

In Uecker’s oeuvre the nail, commonly an anonymous industrial product, is a medium with a deeply spiritual expression. The nail is normally associated with its function to fixate, however, Uecker employs the material in his nail pictures to illustrate and articulate motion. In this work "WeißesFeld" the light and shade of the whirl of nails create a rhythmic dynamic on the surface that changes with the observer’s position. The monochrome wave of nails appears to unfold weightlessly across the canvas, the nails expand the medium painting by a third dimension. In his early nail pictures, which are of great art-historical significance, Uecker challenged an apparent paradox. Owed to the nails’ dense arrangement in a certain pattern and the play of light, he took the material-dependent rigidness from the nail and sets the surface in motion right in front of our eyes. Uecker’s early nail pictures are not only particularly convincing for their unrivaled artistic innovation, but also because of their timeless aesthetic, which lets the white nail heads hover in front of the monochrome canvas and entirely liberates the work’s optical effect from the enormous weightiness of its formation process. [JS]

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