PAUL THEK IN PROCESS. COMMENTARIES ON/OF AN EXHIBITION

Published by Revolver Publishing, Berlin, 2014, 212 pages (b/w ill.), 14.8 × 21 cm, English / German / Swedish

Price: €18

Paul Thek in Process. Commentaries on/of an Exhibition includes all research material which was made public in different formats in the exhibition series Paul Thek in Process. The exhibition was born out of the desire to memorialise Paul Thek’s spatial work that the artist realised in Europe in the 1970s and to make it possible to experience it in a larger historic context. Thanks to the historic distance, the latter is possible today. As exhibition, documentation and inscenation at the same time, the project not only traced the tracks of a lost artistic practice, but also questioned the importance of ephemeral material in exhibition contexts, the boundaries of the artwork, the exhibition and institution history, the reception and today’s practice of re-inscenation. The publication is conceived as a work list, a biography and a history of objects, an image documentation of the exhibitions and, last but not least, as a self-critical curatorial review on this past project.

#2014 #paulthek #revolverpublishing
From Cross To Crib Paul Thek

Published by Walther König, Köln, 2014, 112 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 22 × 28 cm, English / German

Price: €28

This publication is devoted to a little-known temporary artwork of Thek’s, made in the winter of 1973/74 while he was a guest of the Lehmbruck Museum in Duisburg. His expansive environment Ark, Pyramid – Christmas (“The Manger”) filled a whole room. This exhibition, organised by the director of the museum at the time, Siegfried Salzmann, was the fourth in Thek’s series of atmospheric, large-scale projects in Europe, which engaged with individualised religious symbols. The festive period provided Thek with the occasion to present, for the first time, a self-written theatre piece in the form of a nativity play featuring children from Duisburg. A great quantity of original material and documents have been discovered in the museum’s repository and enable a reconstruction of the exhibition in this book, accompanied by an interview that Marietta Franke conducted with Franz Deckwitz, who helped with the installation in 1973.

#2014 #paulthek #waltherkönig
(cards) Paul Thek

Published by Diözesanmuseum, Köln, 1997, 14 cards & 2 fold out texts bound in obi strip, (colour & b/w ill.), 10.8 × 14.8 cm, German

Price: €35 (Out of stock)

Produced on the occasion of the exhibition Diözesanmuseum Köln zu Gast: Paul Thek at Kunst-Station St. Peter in Köln, 29 March – 29 June 1997.

#1997 #ephemera #paulthek
Documenta 5

Published by Verlag Documenta GmbH, Kassel, 1972, 850 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 27.5 × 32 cm, German

Price: €150 (Out of stock)

Catalogue produced for Documenta 5, 30 June and 8 October 1972 in Kassel, Germany. The artistic director Harald Szeemann channeled many of the curatorial concepts for the exhibition into the design of the catalogue itself.

Including artists such as; Art & Language, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Hanne Darboven, Hans Haacke, Edward Kienholz, David Lamelas, Agnes Martin, Paul Thek, Franz Erhard Walther, La Monte Young, & Marian Zazeela, Richard Tuttle, Paul Sharits, Gustav Metzger, Mario Merz, Joan Jonas, Eva Hesse, Dan Graham, Joseph Cornell, Tony Conrad, Stan Brakhage, KP Brehmer, James Lee Byars, Daniel Buren, stanley brouwn, Lothar Baumgarten amongst others.

Cover designed by Ed Ruscha.

#1972 #art&language #bernd&hillabecher #danielburen #documenta #edruscha #edwardkienholz #franzerhardwalther #gustavmetzger #hannedarboven #hanshaacke #haraldszeemann #joanjonas #josephcornell #kpbrehmer #lotharbaumgarten #mariomerz #paulsharits #paulthek #stanleybrouwn #tonyconrad
I AM, AM I? Paul Thek

Published by Jan Mot, Brussels, 2019, 78 pages (b/w ill.), 14.7 × 20.6 cm, English

Price: €26 (Out of stock)

Published on the occasion of the exhibition, Paul Thek I AM, AM I? September 6 – October 26, 2019 at Jan Mot Brussels.

“Jan Mot presents a solo exhibition of Paul Thek (1933–1988), an American sculptor, painter, and installation artist who was influential in the New York art scene in the 1960s and moved between various European cities in the 1970s, spending quite some time in the Netherlands, where he had a solo exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in 1969. His work was also part of the exhibition Chambre d’amis in 1986 in Ghent. The show at Jan Mot will be the first solo show in Belgium and will include a lesser known series of etchings and a newspaper drawing. The etchings and drawings punctuate a profoundly disparate practice and suggest a continued engagement with recurrent themes such as the Tower of Babel, Tarbaby, horns, etc. His work, often marked by fragile or ephemeral materials with regard to the personal, mystic, and spiritual, have been a source of widespread influence to other artists.” (Mousse Magazine)

#2019 #janmot #paulthek
Jason Dodge / Paul Thek

Self-published, 2017, unpaginated (colour ill.), 16 × 23 cm, Edition of 200, each hand bound with different inserts, English

Price: €40 (Out of stock)

Published on the occasion of Jason Dodge’s 2017 exhibition at the Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin

From the press release “We are pleased to announce the final instalment of our exhibition series Porzellan und Vulkan with the exhibition Jason Dodge and Paul Thek. In the Schinkelklause several of Paul Thek’s major drawings will be displayed, while on the upper floor of the Schinkel Pavillon Dodge will present a sculptural installation. Dodges installative work and a program of poetry readings will draw conceptual reference to the work of Paul Thek and his engagement with rituals of diverse kinds.

The paralells between Thek and Dodge’s work in material and meaning are unmistakable. In addition to the visual exhibitions, the collaborations include readings by poets Dodge has published, and a workshop from Thek’s teaching notes for his 4D class at Cooper Union 1978-1981— all of these elements contribute to the interweaving between the artistic disciplines and embellish the notion of collaboration.”

#2017 #jasondodge #paulthek