Dieter Roth. Untitled from 6 Piccadillies. 1969–70, published 1970

Dieter Roth Untitled from 6 Piccadillies 1969–70, published 1970

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In the late 1960s, Rita Donagh, wife of Roth’s longtime friend and collaborator Richard Hamilton, gave the artist a postcard of London’s famous Piccadilly Circus. This unremarkable image is the basis for one of the artist’s best-known series of artworks, 6 Piccadillies. Roth enlarged and reproduced the image as a doublesided photolithograph, then transformed it through various interventions: overprinting it in Day-Glo colors, sub-merging it in a fog of translucent white, and almost completely erasing it with a layer of iron filings. The portfolio cover resembles a suitcase, an item that had a constant presence in Roth’s itinerant life. 96 Piccadillies, a later volume, reproduces the artist’s paintings on postcards picturing the same landmark; the reproductions themselves can be separated and sent as postcards.

Gallery label from Wait, Later This Will Be Nothing: Editions by Dieter Roth, February 17–June 24, 2013.
Medium
Double-sided screenprint-over-offset lithograph from a portfolio of six double-sided screenprint-over-offset lithographs, one with iron filings, mounted on board
Dimensions
composition: 19 1/8 x 27 3/16" (48.6 x 69 cm); sheet: 19 5/8 x 27 9/16" (49.9 x 70 cm)
Publisher
Petersburg Press, London
Printer
H. P. Haas, Korntal, Staib & Mayer, Stuttgart
Edition
150
Credit
Purchase
Object number
213.1990.3
Copyright
© 2021 Estate of Dieter Roth
Portfolio
6 Piccadillies
Department
Drawings and Prints

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