Günther Uecker born 1930
T00684 White Field
Inscribed 'Weisses Feld | Uecker | 64' on the back
Painted nails on canvas-covered composition board, 34 1/4 x 34 1/4 x 3 (87 x 87 x 7.5)
Purchased from the artist through the McRoberts and Tunnard Gallery (Knapping Fund) 1964
Exh: Group Zero, McRoberts and Tunnard Gallery, London, June-July 1964 (22)
Repr: René Huyghe (ed.), Larousse Encyclopedia of Modern Art (London 1965), pl.1033; Michael Compton, Optical and Kinetic Art (London 1967), pl.21
The artist has written of this (22 May 1965):
'This work White Field is an important and typical work from the series Fields in Movement.
'The other works of the series are in private collections and museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, the Museum at Wuppertal and the Städtische Galerie, Bochum.
'It is a question of the development of a series on a theme. The affinity between the objects becomes apparent in juxtaposition and at the same time each field has an independent unity.
'The basic theme is the organic development of a point in differently directed paths of movement to create fields of oscillation.
'I was working on this theme for a year and produced 20 works. The series was first shown at the Galerie Ad Libitum in Antwerp in April 1964. Two of these works were afterwards in the Documenta exhibition at Kassel.'
This example is particularly close to one bought from the McRoberts and Tunnard exhibition (no.21) by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and reproduced in Art International, VII, 20 October 1964, p.57.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.733, reproduced p.733