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Paperback with flaps, 112 pages, colour, 21 x 28cm
English, Italian , Paperback with flaps, 112 pages, colour, 21 x 28cm , 2023.
Paul Thek’s Italian experiences between 1962 and 1976 left a deep mark on his sensitivity. From his visits to the Capuchin Catacombs to his witnessing of spectacular religious processions, Italy was a catalyst for several key moments in the artist’s career, triggering an elusive reaction in his practice to the trajectories of post-war American art. By reworking the stimuli gathered during his stays in Rome, on the island of Ponza and in Sicily, Paul Thek concocted a baroque response to Pop Art and Minimalism, which were dominant on the art scene of the time.
Paul Thek. Italian Hours brings together a selection of paintings, drawings and sculptures through photographs by Peter Hujar, presented in the exhibition of the same name at the Fondazione Nicola Del Roscio in Rome. The critical text by Peter Benson Miller, curator of the exhibition, highlights Thek’s meaningful dialogue with a group of artists linked to gallery owner Topazia Alliata who were working in Italy at the time, including Cy Twombly and Piero Manzoni. A conversation between Watermill Center curator Owen Laub and theatre director Robert Wilson completes the volume.
Design: Francesca Biagiotti