$13,000 toward the acquisition of three works on paper: Turtle, Fascist Grapes and The Soul is the Need for the Spirit. Working briefly in the United States and then primarily in Europe, Thek produced an influential body of work consisting of sculpture, paintings and installations which explored themes relating to the body. His paintings, often on newspaper, ranged from Pop-like cartoons to full blown landscapes and are most often hung in groups.
$25,000 to acquire and display the sculpture Untitled 1965, one of a series of so-called “meat pieces,” consisting of meticulously detailed wax sculptures of meat encased in a high-tech Plexiglas vitrine. This is the first work of the artist to be exhibited in a major public collection in the Los Angeles area.