Dieter Roth Prints

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Dieter Roth was a German-Swiss Conceptual artist known for his use of non-traditional materials in making sculptures and installations. Cheese, sausage, and chocolate, among other items, would lend definite odors (not always pleasant ones) during the run of his exhibitions. Roth enjoyed blurring the line between process and product, and his work often questioned assumptions about permanence.

His practice included drawing, printmaking, books, audio, and multi-media presentations. Roth moved easily between these modes, and he often collaborated with like-minded peers, including Richard Hamilton, Hermann Nitsch, Arnulf Rainer, and Emmett Williams. In the later years of his life, he worked extensively with his son, Björn Roth.

The prints in this exhibition are from two Roth portfolios, 2 Times 5 Bats and 2 Times 5 Trophies, printed as offset lithographs with additional drawings by the artist in graphite. These images show photographic images of sculptural forms (bats and trophies), either solidly balanced or teetering at the edge of possible collapse.
IMAGE: Dieter Roth, Untitled from 2 Times 5 Bats, 1978, offset lithograph and graphite pencil on paper. Collection of the UK Art Museum, gift of David Kinley.
Created 12/04/2023
Last Updated 05/14/2024