First Major Exhibition in the United States to Explore the Work of Paul Thek at the Hammer Museum

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LOS ANGELES, CA.- This summer the Hammer Museum presents a retrospective of work by legendary American artist Paul Thek (1933-1988). On view May 22 through August 28, 2011, Paul Thek: Diver, a Retrospective, is the first major exhibition in the United States to explore the work of this sculptor,painter, and creator of radical installations, and the first major exhibition of this artist’s work to be presented on the west coast. Many of the approximately 130 objects, which include paintings, drawings, and sculpture, have not been seen in the U.S. in the decades since they were made; while others have never been seen here at all. Several of Thek’s “meat pieces” will be shown, along with rare works such as Untitled (Dwarf Parade Table), never before seen in this