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. 193-233

    • Catalogue Essay

      Including: Self Portrait as Cloud; Unique 'Speedy' Self; Self Portrait as Printer; Self Portrait as Sprinter; and Trophy
      Including (Books): 246 Little Clouds; Smaller Works (part 1); Smaller Works (part 2); Books and Graphics, (part 1); and Books and Graphics, (part 2).


Collected Works: Volumes 17, 18, 20 and 40; and Trophies (D. pp. 193-233)

Five unique 'speedy drawings', three in graphite with colored marker and paint, one in graphite and one in colored markers, on wove paper folded folios (as issued), with printed titles, all with the accompanying five deluxe hardcover book editions with original dust jackets and contained in the original cloth covered slipcases in various colors.
all approx. 9 1/2 x 7 x 1 1/2 in. (24.1 x 17.8 x 3.8 cm)
All of the drawings signed in pencil or marker, four from the Special Editions of 200, one from the deluxe edition of 1000, co-published by the artist and Edition Hansjörg Mayer, Stuttgart and London.

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$1,000 - 1,500 

Sold for $2,394

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 15 February 2023