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

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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This work is on view on Floor 2, in the Special Exhibitions Gallery, with 47 other works online.
Dieter Roth has 148 works online.
There are 365 multiples online.