Dieter Roth - Editions & Works on Paper New York Wednesday, February 15, 2023 | Phillips
  • Roth's work developed over a fifty-year period with both a diversity and a logical coherence that establish him as one of the most singular and important artists of the second half of the century. Roth shifted from a foundation in classic modernism into the arena of contemporary art, or what has been sometimes called "post-modernism". Testing fundamental issues of authorship and the notion of the self is fused with equally essential questions of the character and nature of art, the materials from which art may be made, as well as the hierarchies and distinctions between media... Roth continually circled back to earlier ideas and processes, reinterpreting and transforming works, so that linearity or closure is consistently defied. Transience and order, destruction and creativity, playful humor and critical inquiry, the abject and beautiful maintain an unrelenting balance throughout his work. A sense of art and life as imminently tragic but boundlessly open distinguishes the career of Dieter Roth, unfolding over decades but remaining alive and relevant today.


    — Gary Garrels, Chief Curator, Department of Drawings, and Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art for Roth Time: A Dieter Roth Retrospective, 12 March – 07 June 2014

    • Literature

      Dirk Dobke 1970.4


Im Meer (Into the Sea) (D. 1970.4)

Sheet metal toy airplane and cast sugar with blue acrylic paint, and cardboard box multiple.
3 3/8 x 7 7/8 x 7 in. (8.6 x 20 x 17.8 cm)
Signed, dated and numbered 99/100 in blue ink on a label affixed to the underside of the cardboard box, co-published by the artist and Rudolf Reiser, Cologne.

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New York Auction 15 February 2023