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.
"This carefully, genuinely critical appreciation of Thek's art reinforces a W. B. Folkestad
Highlights from an unparalleled contemporary art collection are featured in this handsomely illustrated book.
For more than 30 years, Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner have devoted themselves to contemporary art, and through their passion and acumen have assembled an extraordinary collection. This handsomely illustrated volume is the first to document the collection of Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner, more than 850 artworks in all media that have been promised to the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the Centre Pompidou, Paris. Artists represented include Lee Friedlander, Robert Gober, Jeff Koons, Christopher Wool, Ryan Gander, and Bernadette Corporation, among others, and the works span from the 1950s to 2014.
Over 300 highlights illustrate the collectorsandrsquo; commitment to acquiring works that challenge, excite, confound, and amuse. Essays offer context for understanding the importance of the works as a group and illuminate the art world milieus in which the collectors immersed themselves. The book also includes an engaging interview with the collectors, providing a personal perspective on contemporary art acquisition.and#160;
About the Author
Christine Macel is chief curator at the Centre Pompidou, Paris. Elisabeth Sussman is curator and Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Elisabeth Sherman is assistant curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.