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

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

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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 pages 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. Roth turned literature into a metaphorical object for intellectual consumption and physical subsistence.

Gallery label from From the Collection: 1960-69, March 26, 2016 - March 12, 2017.
Medium
Artist’s book of ground copy of Suche nach einer Neuen Welt by Robert F. Kennedy, gelatin, lard, and spices in natural casing
Dimensions
overall (approx.): 12 x 6 11/16 x 3 9/16" (30.5 x 17 x 9 cm)
Publisher
the artist
Fabricator
Dieter Roth
Edition
artist's proof outside the edition of 50
Credit
The Print Associates Fund in honor of Deborah Wye
Object number
944.2010
Copyright
© 2019 Estate of Dieter Roth
Department
Drawings and Prints

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