Dieter Roth. Literature Sausage (Literaturwurst). 1969, published 1961-70

Dieter Roth

Literature Sausage (Literaturwurst)

1969, published 1961-70

On view
Artist’s book of ground copy of Suche nach einer Neuen Welt by Robert F. Kennedy, gelatin, lard, and spices in natural casing
overall (approx.): 12 x 6 11/16 x 3 9/16" (30.5 x 17 x 9 cm)
The Print Associates Fund in honor of Deborah Wye
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© 2015 Estate of Dieter Roth
Drawings and Prints
This work is on view on Floor 2, in the Special Exhibitions Gallery, with 48 other works online.
Dieter Roth has 148 works online.
There are 366 multiples online.

Between 1961 and 1970 Roth created about fifty “literature sausages.” To make each sausage Roth followed a traditional recipe, but with one crucial twist: where the recipe called for ground pork, veal, or beef, he substituted a ground-up book or magazine. Roth mixed the ground-up texts with fat, gelatin, water, and spices before stuffing them into sausage casings. The source materials include work by authors and periodicals that the artist either envied or despised; they run the gamut from lowbrow illustrated tabloids to well-regarded contemporary German novels to the works of Karl Marx and the influential nineteenth-century philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.

Gallery label from Wait, Later This Will Be Nothing: Editions by Dieter Roth, February 17–June 24, 2013

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