Title: DIVER: A RETROSPECTIVE (WHITNEY MUSEUM OF ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: The Whitney Museum Of American Art, 2010
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. 304 pages. Published in 2010. Posthumous exhibition monograph on subject. One of the most valuable art books of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. The book is a labor of love: It is meticulously produced, with Paul Thek's art photographed for maximum impact, and supplemented with literate and scholarly essays by some of the finest living scholar/experts on contemporary American art. The sculptures, paintings, prints, and other works are presented in chronological order. A Bibliography, Exhibition History, and Checklist of Works round out the most authoritative volume on the artist to date. Published on the occasion of the landmark posthumous exhibition held at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2010. Presents Paul Thek's "Diver". His ground-breaking and unjustly neglected art to the broadest audience possible. Paul Thek was well-known in the New York art center throughout his brief life (cut short by AIDS). Still, he has remained a cult rather than a mainstream figure (in the way that Andy Warhol, to cite just the most famous example, has become on a global scale). The Whitney retrospective may be posthumous, but it is welcome all the same because while the artist, who was a charismatic and handsome figure, has long since died, his work remains and speaks eloquently for him and itself. Thek suffered the same painful neglect as his friend and lover, the photographer Peter Hujar, and is now enjoying the same posthumous fame. The parallels between the two artists (and their very problematic relationship with Susan Sontag, who wanted to bear Paul Thek's child and dedicated not one but two of her great books to him) are described in detail. "Sculptor, painter, and installation artist, Paul Thek (1933-1988) is primarily known for hyper-realistic 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 1960's 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 100 solo and group exhibitions, the anti-establishment 'artist's artist' was practically forgotten at the time of his death" (Publisher's blurb). Not anymore. An absolute "must-have" title for Paul Thek collectors. This title is an art book classic. This is one of very few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. 300 black-and-white and color plates and vintage materials. One of the greatest American artists of the 20th century. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PETER HUJAR AND SUSAN SONTAG TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0300165951. Bookseller Inventory # 18219
An American sculptor, painter, and installation artist, Paul Thek (1933--1988) is primarily known for hyper-realistic 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 ?artist?s artist? 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 artist?s resounding influence on the art world up to date. Published to accompany Thek?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 ?in-depth? image sections focusing on key installations, projects, and pages from the artist?s journals. An extensive selection of documentary photographs, many never before published, illuminate Thek?s artistic aesthetic and production process. With a bibliography, exhibition history, and checklist of works in the exhibition, this overdue acknowledgment of Thek?s brief, but broad-reaching career will be the authoritative volume on the artist for years to come.
About the Author: Elisabeth Sussman is Curator and Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Lynn Zelevansky is Henry J. Heinz II Director of the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh.
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