Paul Thek

1933 · United States

Artist biography

Paul Thek is an established contemporary visual artist, who originates from the United States. Paul Thek was born in 1933. Born in the same country and of the same generation are Ray Harryhausen, Gene Davis, Diane Arbus, Ellsworth Kelly and Roy Lichenstein.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Paul Thek's work is available on display in Alexander and Bonin and Craig F. Starr Gallery in New York, the United States. Paul Thek most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Jan Mot in Brussels with the exhibition I AM, AM I?. The exhibition was open from 05 September 2019 until 25 October 2019. Paul Thek's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; One hundred drawings (07 November 2019 - 17 January 2020) at Matthew Marks Gallery | 523 West 24th Street in New York and A Look Back: 50 Years After Stonewall (10 July 2019 - 09 August 2019) at Fort Gansevoort Gallery in New York. Paul Thek's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called Delirious: Art At The Limits Of Reason, 1950-1980 and took place at Alexander and Bonin in New York, the United States from the 12 September 2017 to 14 January 2018.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been key in the development of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, especially in the post war era, when the cultural status of New York asserted its influence over Paris, previously considered as the most important art hub worldwide. Major art movements established and fostered in significant ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in various forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast variations, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus various post-modern repetitions of these many movements. In the modern and contemporary sphere, the United States has cultivated a prevailing influence over the international visual culture, due to the hegemony of its economic and political structures. Key examples of important U.S artists of the modern and contemporary era include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for Paul Thek

Born in 1933, Paul Thek was primarily influenced by the 1950s. Abstract Expressionism prevailed in the 1950s as a chief method of painting, and explored ideas about the sublime and spirituality. Artists endeavoured to focus on painting’s formal properties, and Action Painting took inspiration from the political freedoms of the United States, in opposition to the limitations of the Soviet bloc. Influential artists of this period included Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. In later revisions, the contributions and efforts of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois have been recognised, amongst many other female creatives.

Paul Thek