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    Paul Thek (b. 1933)
    Some Drawings of Pussies, 1980
    Ballpoint pen and watercolor on paper
    9-3/4 x 7-1/4 inches (24.8 x 18.4 cm)
    Signed, dated, and titled along lower edge: Thek / some drawings of pussies / 4-23-80


    Brooke Alexander, Inc., New York;
    Acquired by the present owner from the above, 1992.

    One of the first artists to create installations, Paul Thek, after studying art in New York, first became known for "meat pieces," sculptures resembling human flesh that he started making in 1964 and that set him starkly apart from the ironic, hands-off art being made in New York at that time. He collaborated with artists like Eva Hesse and Peter Hujar, who was briefly his lover, and in 1966, critic Susan Sontag devoted her breakout book Against Interpretation to him.
    He decamped for Europe in 1967 and spent almost a decade making ephemeral environments in various museums. In 1976 he returned to New York but and turned his focus primarily to small paintings that resembled sketches after finding himself out of step with the art world. All the same, artists like Robert Gober and Mike Kelley acknowledged his influence. Thek died from an AIDS-related illness in 1988 at the age of 54. Reviewing the artist's first U.S. retrospective, the Whitney Museum of American Art's 2010-11 "Paul Thek: Diver, a Retrospective" in the New York Times, Holland Cotter wrote that his misfit status dictated a true revolution: "traditional history has to be resurveyed and rewritten."

    Condition Report*: Very mild buckling to the edges, but otherwise there does not appear to be any condition issues. Floated and framed under glass.
    Framed Dimensions 18.25 X 15.5 Inches
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    May, 2021
    13th Thursday
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