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Gunther Uecker

1930 Germany

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  • About the Artist

Günther Uecker is a German artist best known for his signature use of nails arranged into tactile, sculptural paintings, a medium he began to explore in the late 1950s. 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. Born on March 13, 1930 in Wendorf, Germany, the artist joined the avant-garde Group Zero in 1961 with Heinz Mack and Otto Piene, expanding his practice to include audience participation. Once a student of the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, he served as a professor there from 1974 to 1995.

Works by Günther Uecker

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