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BODY OF INFLUENCE: SIX VIEWS ON PAUL THEK

Paul Thek, Untitled (Hand with Ring), 1967, wood, plaster, paint, metal, 7 1/4 x 4 1/2 x 4 1/2". Photo: Peter Hujar, 1967.

Immersed in the heady visions of the 1960s but equally acquainted with the era’s darker urgings, Paul Thek (1933–1988) seamlessly wove together sculpture and performance, veering away from Minimalism’s primary forms and instead transforming beeswax, melamine, polyester, and the like into elaborate installations and props. Long obscure, Thek’s work is newly featured in “Diver,” his first US retrospective, organized by Elisabeth Sussman and Lynn Zelevansky and currently on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Artforum invited six distinguished artists and writers—Mike Kelley, Gary Indiana, Carolee Schneemann, John Miller, Neil Jenney, and Chris Kraus—to ruminate on Thek’s life and work.