Dieter Roth. Berlin 2 from German Cities (Deutsche Städte). 1970

Dieter Roth Berlin 2 from German Cities (Deutsche Städte) 1970

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Roth appropriated the imagery for German Cities from black-and-white postcards featuring banal views of landmarks in four cities in Germany. Keeping them true to scale, he reproduced these photographs in an orderly five-by-five grid. Next, he obscured each source image by covering it with a nearly opaque layer of ink, solid except for a shape taken from one of the pictured city’s famed landmarks, such as Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate or Munich’s Frauenkirche. In the grid of twenty-five images, the silhouette of the landmark is purposefully misaligned, matching up only once.

Gallery label from Wait, Later This Will Be Nothing: Editions by Dieter Roth, February 17–June 24, 2013.
One from a series of five screenprints over offset lithograph
composition: 22 5/8 x 31 7/16" (57.5 x 79.8 cm); sheet: 23 5/8 x 33" (60 x 83.8 cm)
Edition Tangente, Heidelberg
Staib & Mayer, Stuttgart (offset), Karl Löw, Stuttgart (screenprint)
Patricia P. Irgens Larsen Foundation Fund
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© 2020 Estate of Dieter Roth
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