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Paul Thek: Diver: A Retrospectiveby Elisabeth Sussman
Synopses & Reviews
An American sculptor, painter, and installation artist,and#160;Paul Thek (1933--1988) is primarily known for hyper-realisticand#160;works of human body parts executed in fleshlike beeswax and for his strongly symbolic, room-size installations constructed from transitory materials. A major figure on the 1960s New York art scene, Thek also spent time in Europe, where he paved the way for artists adopting collaborative strategies. Although he gained a large following and was featured in more than one hundred solo and group exhibitions, the anti-establishment and#8220;artistand#8217;s artistand#8221; was practically forgotten at the time of his death.
Major exhibitions abroad and critical attention from younger artists have done much to revive his reputation, and Paul Thek: Diver expands on those efforts by bringing the artistand#8217;s resounding influence on the art world up to date. Published to accompany Thekand#8217;s first retrospective in the United States, this landmark publication includes nearly 300 chronologically arranged illustrations of sculptures, paintings, prints, and other works featured in the exhibition as well as four special and#8220;in-depthand#8221; image sections focusing on key installations, projects, and pages from the artistand#8217;s journals.and#160; An extensive selection of documentary photographs, many never before published, illuminate Thekand#8217;s artistic aesthetic and production process. With a bibliography, exhibition history, and checklist of works in the exhibition, this overdue acknowledgment of Thekand#8217;s brief, but broad-reaching career will be the authoritative volume on the artist for years to come.
About the Author
Elisabeth Sussman isand#160;Curator and Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography at theand#160;Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Lynn Zelevansky isand#160;Henry J. Heinz II Director of theand#160;Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh.
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