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Paul Thek Estate

Paul Thek was one of the foremost artists of the postwar era. His unique place in art history may perhaps even be compared to that of Joseph Beuys. Like Beuys, Thek extended the concept of the artwork and broadened perceptions of art and life. A deep sense of religion and the belief that art should serve society were a source of both inspiration and strength.

Thek‘s Wax Meat Pieces, Technological Reliquaries and in particular his environments such as The Tomb attracted considerable attention in the USA, where he exhibited widely, as well as in Europe, where he took part in the 1968 documenta 4, the 1972 documenta 5 and the 1976 Venice Biennale.

Beside paintings, drawings and bronces, Thek also made installations and frequently used unconventional materials such as newspapers, sand and plants, at risk of them being ephemeral, and he also liked to operate as part of a collective. —Axel Jablonski

  • Paul Thek Estate, Untitled (Blue Zig-Zags), 1988

    acrylic on newspaper
    25.98 x 31.5 in (66 x 80 cm)

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  • Paul Thek Estate, Hurrah Vacuii!!, 1988

    acrylic on canvas
    9.06 x 12.2 in (23 x 31 cm)

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  • Paul Thek Estate, The Eye of the Beholder, 1987

    pencil and acrylic on paper
    18.9 x 25.2 in (48 x 64 cm)

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  • Paul Thek Estate, Untitled (cityscape), 1986

    graphite and watercolor on paper
    24.02 x 18.11 in (61 x 46 cm)

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  • Paul Thek Estate, Untitled (swan and teapot), 1975

    ink on paper
    3.15 x 5.91 in (8 x 15 cm)
    EUR 14 000

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  • Paul Thek Estate, Sea Series, 1975

    enamel on newspaper
    22.83 x 33.07 in (58 x 84 cm)

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  • Paul Thek Estate, Untitled (Grapes), 1974

    enamel on newspaper
    22.83 x 33.07 in (58 x 84 cm)

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  • Paul Thek Estate, Untitled (oval sunset), 1970

    watercolor and ink on paper
    11.81 x 15.75 in (30 x 40 cm)

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