Günther Uecker: The Early YearsExhibition

Günther Uecker: The Early Years

L&M Arts, New York is pleased to exhibit a body of early work by Günther Uecker (b. 1930, Wendorf, Germany). This seminal group of paintings, panels, and structures dating from the late 1950s through the 1970s represents the artist’s first major return to New York in over four decades.

Renowned in Europe, Uecker visited and lived in New York in 1965 and 1966. He had his first solo exhibition in the United States at the Howard Wise Gallery on West 57th Street, showing important work such as the kinetic New York Dancer I (1966), also featured at L&M Arts. When in motion, thousands of long nails protrude from a heavy sailcloth covering and dematerialize into an optical blur.

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Selected Works

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  • New York Dancer I
    1965
    nails, cloth, metal, electric motor
    78 3/4 x 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches
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  • White Bird
    1969-70
    wood, white paint, nails
    15 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches
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  • Flower
    1968
    nails on canvas on wood
    23 5/8 x 23 5/8 inches
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  • White Sphere
    1961
    white paint over nails on wooden sphere
    6 11/16 inches (diameter)
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  • Drawing for White Sphere
    pencil on paper
    24 x 16 15/16 inches
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  • Fire Painting (Thick Painting)
    1964
    nails on canvas on wood
    36 1/4 x 28 3/4 x 6 1/3 inches
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  • String Chair
    1969
    kitchen chair with back and seat cover with long strings pulled through holes
    34 1/4 x 16 1/8 inches

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  • Spiral
    1958
    oil on canvas
    39 3/8 x 39 3/8 inches
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  • Light Globe
    1961
    white paint over nails on wooden sphere
    6 11/16 inches (diameter)
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  • Diagonal Division
    1969-74
    nails on canvas on wood
    39 3/8 x 39 3/8 inches
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  • Light-Disk
    1966
    nails on canvas on wood, wooden case, electric motor, spotlight
    31 1/2 x 31 1/2 inches
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  • Sand Mill
    1970
    sand, wood, cord, electric motor
    118 inches (diameter)
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  • White Bird
    1964
    titanium white paint and nails on canvas laid down on panel
    59 x 59 inches
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  • Homage to Fontana II
    1962
    nails and graphite on canvas on wood
    39 3/8 x 31 1/2 inches
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  • Organic Structure
    1960
    nails on paperboard in wooden case, white
    40 1/2 x 40 1/2 inches
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  • Column
    1959
    nails and graphite on canvas on paperboard, glue
    27 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches
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  • Oval Structure
    1957
    charcoal, applied from the back
    11 3/8 x 10 5/8 inches
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  • Five Light Disks, Cosmic Vision
    1961-1981
    nails on canvas on wood, wooden case, electric motor, spotlight
    94 1/2 x 283 1/2 x 15 3/4 inches
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Publications

Selected Press

Apollo Magazine | Taking Risks - Gunther Uecker

February 1, 2017

On my way to Gunther Uecker’s studio in Dusseldorf, I manage to lose my way, and when I ask for …

Artnews | Günther Uecker

June 1, 2011

Güenther Uecker can express as much with a carpenter's nails as most painters can using pigment …

L'Agenda | Il Enfonce Le Clou

April 14, 2011

Pour la petite histoire, Günther Uecker fut le beau-frère d’Yves Klein. Pour la grande, il est …

Bloomberg | Mechanized Dancer, Dreamy Landscapes, Brancusi Versus Arp: N.Y. Uptown Art

April 14, 2011

“New York Dancer I” wears a cape of nails and spins to the rhythm of an electric motor. By stepping …

The New York Times | Art in Review: Gunther Uecker

April 14, 2011

Few artists have put the common nail to such varied expressive use use as Gunther Uecker.