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Paul Thek (b. Brooklyn, 1933-1988) was an American sculptor and painter. He studied at the Art Students League and Pratt Institute in the early 1950s. In the mid-1960s, he produced a well-known body of work, ‘The Technological Reliquaries,’ wax sculptures which looked like raw meat or human limbs, encased in Plexiglas vitrines. In the late 1960s and 1970s, Thek spent much of his time in Europe exhibiting collaborative room-size installations constructed from transitory materials such as sand, newspaper and trees.
Paul Thek exhibited in major museums and institutions across the world, including documenta 5, the 1976 and 1980 Venice Biennales, and the 2010-11 Whitney Museum of American Art’s retrospective. Today, his works are included in numerous collections, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre George Pompidou, Paris; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, the Kunstmuseum, Bern and many others.