"Paul Thek’s paintings clearly reflect the intention of imposing artistic production as the expression of the transitory nature of life, an intention here particularly reinforced by the use of newsprint paper as surface.
Thek started painting on newspaper in 1969, a method that he continued to use, with occasional pauses, until the end of his life. On these two pieces of newspaper, the artist has painted elements that we associate with fragility and natural degradation: a spider web, sketched over a monochrome background, and a potato, a humble and unusual object as the protagonist of painting, whose protuberances suggest that it is already rotting."


  • Title: Golden Web
  • Creator: Thek, Paul
  • Date Created: 1975
  • Physical Location: Fundação de Serralves, Porto, Portugal
  • Physical Dimensions: 58cm x 84.5cm
  • Provenance: Col. Fundação de Serralves – Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto. Aquisição em 1998
  • Medium: Acrylic paint on newspaper

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