Dieter Roth

[title not known]

1970

Artist
Dieter Roth 1930–1998
Medium
Screenprint and lithograph on paper
Dimensions
Image: 500 x 700 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Klaus Anschel in memory of his wife Gerty 1997
Reference
P11493

Not on display

Display caption

The Piccadillies, published by the Petersburg Press in London, offer a sophisticated example of Roth's complex and inventive print-making techniques. The image was taken from a tourist postcard of Piccadilly Circus (which is reproduced on the reverse of each print). Roth made a lithograph reproduction of the image, which he then overprinted in screenprint, using a range of one to twenty-six colours from his hand-drawn stencils. Successive layers of ink have been allowed to crack on some prints, while the introduction of iron filings provides one sheet with a rich texture.

Gallery label, March 2007

Technique and condition

A screenprint from a portfolio of six double-sided screenprints printed on woodpulp board, laminated on both sides with white chromolux card. Published in an edition of 150, of which this portfolio is number seventy. The screenprints were printed in collaboration with the artist in Stuttgart and Korntal, Germany with printers, Hans Peter Haas, Stuttgart, and Staid & Mayer, Korntal, assembled by Rudolf Rieser and published by the Petersburg Press, London. The structural condition of the prints is characteristic of their construction on woodpulp laminate board; each print has inherent weaknesses and will deteriorate further.

The images on the recto were all initially printed with the Piccadilly image in four colour, off-set lithography. These were then over-printed in screenprint using a range of one to twenty-six colours from stencils drawn by the artist. The verso of each print has a vignette image of the original Piccadilly scene printed in four colour, offset lithography. All six prints are based on the same image of Piccadilly Circus.

The image is made from a seven colour screenprint, incorporating grey mineral grit, probably iron filings, resembling abrasive paper, applied over a bronze coloured printed background. The image is in good condition, with some surface dirt and a fine grey dust shed from the iron filings visible on the bronze printed background. The woodpulp board stops short of the printed surface along the top edge. This edge is crushed in the top left corner and towards the right corner. The print is signed and dated, with the edition number inscribed below the image. The image on the verso is generally in good condition, although numerous fingerprints, scuffs and scratches are noticeable across the surface.

The portfolio comprises of a box made from brown corrugated board, wrapped in brown card with a colour lithograph image of Piccadilly printed on the lid. The base and wrapping are held together by clear pressure sensitive tape and staples along the base. The tape has subsequently failed and caused staining to the brown card. The box is inscribed on the verso, 'Dieter Roth 6 Piccadillies, Petersburg Press'. A wooden and wire handle is attached with string to the side.

Calvin Winner
March 1998

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