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Fishman, 1968

Paul Thek, American, b. Brooklyn, New York, 1933–1988

Latex, metal rods, newspaper and cotton batting, 89 x 25 1/2 x 8 in., approx. 61 lb. (226.1 x 64.8 x 20.3 cm, 27.7 kg)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Joseph H. Hirshhorn Bequest Fund, 1990

Accession Number: 90.10

Provenance:
The artist
Brooke Alexander Gallery, New York, to 25 July 1990
Joseph H. Hirshhorn Bequest Fund, 1990

Exhibition History:
STEDELIJK MUSEUM, Amsterdam. "The Procession/The Artist's Co-op," 1968-69.
STABLE GALLERY, New York. "Paul Thek," 22 March-10 April 1969.
WALKER ART CENTER, Minneapolis (shown at Dayton's Department Store). "Figures/Environments," 15 May-13 June 1970. Tour: CINCINNATI ART MUSEUM, 2 October-1 November; DALLAS MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, 13 December-17 January 1971, no. 24.
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, Chicago. "Menace," 3 May-22 June 1975, unnumbered catalogue.
BROOKE ALEXANDER GALLERY, New York. "Paul Thek: Sculpture 1965-1976," 31 May-30 June 1990.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Recent Acquisitions: 1989-1991," 8 October 1991-5 January 1992, unpublished checklist, no. 68.
WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, New York. "Paul Thek Retrospective," 1 October 2010- 9 Jan 2011.

Published References:
FRACKMAN, NOEL. "Paul Thek," Arts Magazine 43 (May 1969): 62, ill.
LAST, MARTIN. "Paul Thek," Art News 68 (May 1969): 73.
PINCUS-WITTEN, ROBERT. "New York," Artforum 7 (May 1969): 64, ill. p. 63.
SCHJELDAHL, PETER. "New York Letter," Art International 13 (May 1969): 37, ill.
DELEHANTY, SUZANNE. Paul Thek/Processions (Phildelphia: Institute of Contemporary Art, 1977): 4, 13-14, 16, 18, 59-60, ills. 14, 16, 19, 28, (and pp. 76-77, or other version?).
FLOOD, RICHARD. "Paul Thek: Real Misunderstanding," Artforum (October 1981): 50, 52, ill. p. 48.
COTTER, HOLLAND "Thek's Social Reliquaries," Art in America (June 1990): 40-41.
LEVIN, KIM. "Star Thek," Village Voice (26 June 1990): 91, ill.
KACHUR, LEWIS. "New York: Beauty is Dead (That's its Beauty," Art International 13 (Winter 1990): 62, ill.
COTTER, HOLLAND. "Paul Thek," Parkett 27 (March 1991): ill. p. 124.
ARMSTRONG, ELIZABETH. "Paul Thek: Witte de With, Rotterdam," Artforum 34 (November 1995): 86-87.
WITTE DE WITH and BANGMA, ANKA, et al. Paul Thek: The Wonderful World That Almost Was (Rotterdam: Witte de With, 1995): ills. cover, p. 73, no. 8, p. 176; no. 9, p. 177; p. 186.
LANDI, ANN. "Ripe for Rediscovery" ArtNews 95 (November 1996): 120.
O'SULLIVAN, MICHAEL. "Here and Now: Art," Washington Post (3 November 1996): G3, ill.
ROSENZWEIG, PHYLLIS. "Paul Thek: Fishman," in Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden: 150 Works of Art (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1996): 130, colorplate p. 131.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection, American Post-Minimal Sculpture