Dieter Roth (April 21, 1930 – June 5, 1998) was a Swiss artist best known for his artist's books, editioned prints, sculptures, and works made of found materials, including rotting food stuffs. He was also known as Dieter Rot and Diter Rot. The dark undertone and furious, obsessive energy of his work ultimately separated him from many of the more lighthearted Fluxus artists. Perhaps despite himself, he was a fluent draftsman and expert printmaker, and his drawings and prints contained his wild energy within peculiarly virtuosic forms. Compared to the innumerable self-described artists of the last several decades who faked their way through his sort of work, Mr. Roth was the genuine item.
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Roth worked in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, book-making, and graphic arts. His work does not fall easily into any category of contemporary art, while encompassing many of them. In the 1950s, he produced collages, fabric designs and jewellery, alongside kinetic art, text, and photographs. He participated in 'happenings.' In 1975 he founded the Zeitschrift für Alles. He was linked to the Fluxus Movement through his friend Daniel Spoerri.
German, Swiss
Artist, Graphic designer, Collagist, Poet, Performing artist, Artiste, Multimedia artist, Painter, Sculptor
Dieter Roth, Karl-Dietrich Roth, Diter Roth, Diterrot Roth, Dieter Rot, Ditterot, Diter Rot, Diterrot Rot, Karl-Dietrich Rot, Carl Dieterich Roth
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