Dieter Roth Root Treatment (Wurzelbehandlung) 1971

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This print is made on sheet metal. For each impression, Roth and Hartmut Kaminski, a Düsseldorf-based printer and the artist’s frequent collaborator, screenprinted both sides of an iron sheet. Next, Kaminski watered the plates with a garden hose to accelerate the rusting process. The work depicts a sardine can with its lid partially rolled back to reveal its contents, which appear to be carrots. The title reflects Roth’s love of wordplay and puns: in German, Wurzelbehandlung most commonly means “root canal,” and carrots are root vegetables.

Gallery label from Wait, Later This Will Be Nothing: Editions by Dieter Roth, February 17–June 24, 2013.
Screenprint and rust on metal sheet
composition (irreg.) and sheet: 25 13/16 x 36 9/16" (65.5 x 92.9 cm)
Hartmut Kaminski, Düsseldorf
Hartmut Kaminski, Düsseldorf
Anna Marie and Robert F. Shapiro Fund
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© 2023 Estate of Dieter Roth
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