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Time Is a River

Paul Thek, American, 1933 - 1988

Made in New York, New York, United States, North and Central America


Acrylic paint and gesso on printed newspaper

Sheet: 21 x 27 inches (53.3 x 68.6 cm)

© The George Paul Thek Estate, New York

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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Currently not on view

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Purchased with the Alice Newton Osborn Fund, 1992

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For a quarter century Paul Thek's art was concerned with time, dwelling on subjects such as clocks, newspapers, calendars, and astronomical phenomena that symbolized the mysteries of the human condition. While consistent with this line of thought, Time Is a River-the first in a series of six paintings on newspaper-is a poignant meditation on death, created in the months before the artist died of AIDS.