All you need is a hammer and a bucket of nails….this is what you first think when you see the early ZERO works by Günther Uecker.
Together with Mack and Piene he belongs to the German part of the Zero mouvement.
It is now 15 years that ZERO is collected the world all over, but before this period the works by Uecker could only be seen in some of the larger german Museums.
Now his early Zero works and editions have spread all over the world, all because Zero has become such an important art mouvement.
Outside Germany , Uecker works was first presented in the dutch NUL exhibition from 1962 in the Stedelijk Museum. Together with Mack and Piene he made the light salon, which is still one of the masterpieces of Zero art.
Personally i have a preference for the works by Piene…. Uecker is a great artist, but what troubles me is that Uecker has not progressed with his art… he is still making paintings and objects with nails, cashing the great idea he once had. So an early Uecker for a collection can be one of the highlights, but a later period Uecker is just adding a famous name to a collection. Still there are some nice publications on Uecker at www.ftn-books.com