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 criti cal 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 pp. 147-232

    • Catalogue Essay

      Including: 2 Picture Books; Ideograms; Bok 2a und Bok 2b; Bok 4a und Bok 5; Bok 3a; Bok 3c; Bok 3b und Bok 3d; 2 Books; Stupidograms; Daily Mirror; Snow; (Copley Book); Scheisse (Shit); Die Blaue Flut; Poesy 5 to 1; MUNDUNCULUM; 246 Little Clouds; Smaller Works (part 1); Smaller Works (part 2); and Books and Graphics (part 1).


Collected Works, Volumes 1-20 (D. pp. 147-232)

1969-1979; 1983
The deluxe set of 20 artist's books including some with die-cutting, spiral binding, screenprint, adhesive binding softcover, offset lithograph and letterpress, one loose (as issued), all contained in the original artist specified cardboard box with hand-painted chromogenic print with graphite hand-additions adhered to the cover (as issued).
artist's box 11 x 9 1/2 x 24 in. (27.9 x 24.1 x 61 cm)
Signed, dated '83' and numbered '117' in pencil on the hand-painted color photograph, from the Special Edition of 102, co-published by the artist and Edition Hansjörg Mayer, Stuttgart and London

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New York Auction 15 February 2023