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Paul Thek Diver, a Retrospective at the WHITNEY Part I

Continuing in the great "halfassed" tradition, James Kalm shows up a day late missing the press preview for the opening of Paul Thek "Diver". No matter, we simply go on the Down Low and document the retrospective of this "re-discovered" artist. In the mid 60s Thek was compared to Andy Warhol by the likes of Gregory Battcock. His eccentric hyper realistic sculptures of meat were displayed in pristine Plexiglas cubes, simultaneously paroded and critiqued the emergent Minimalist work of the time. Despite his rapid rise to celebrity in the New York art world, in 1967 he chose to abandon Manhattan for a decade long sojourn in Europe. With several museum commissioned projects Thek pioneered the practice of installation art. Returning to New York in the late 70s he found himself forgotten. He worked through his remaining decade in semi obscurity in the East Village, dying of AIDS in 1988.
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