Photos by G. Art by Dieter Roth, Bjorn Roth.
October 6, 2010 is a very special day for the late artist Dieter Roth. The day marks his 80th birthday as well as the opening of a retrospective of his work entitled “Dieter Roth, Bjorn Roth: Work Tables and Tischmatten” at Hauser & Wirth in New York. If this article is your first exposure to Dieter Roth’s work, here are a few quick fun facts: Bjorn Roth is Dieter’s son (who often worked together with his father on art projects). “Tischmatten” literally means “table mats” in German. Dieter Roth had 7 studios (primarily in Iceland and Basel) and he passed away from a heart attack in 1998 at work in his studio in Basel. Finally, Roth is one of the most influential artists of the Post-World War II period and is best known for his works that are made with rotting food and decomposing materials. The “Work Tables and Tischmattten” exhibit is so interesting as there are several of his actual work tables on display which gives the viewer a unique insight into his thought process. In addition, over 20 of his works are featured that juxtapose minimalism with chaos and disorder.
“Work Tables and Tischmatten” is on display until October 30, 2010 at Hauser & Wirth which is located at 32 East 69th Street in Manhattan. Don’t miss it!
After the jump, see an extreme close up of a section of the top picture in this article, so you can get an idea of the meticulous detail in these works.