Past Exhibitions

Selections: Dieter Roth's Piccadillies

Exhibition February 15 - May 24, 2015

The Piccadillies, as they are collectively known, comprise one of Dieter Roth’s most celebrated artistic undertakings. The series was realized first as 6 Piccadillies, only to branch out over the following years into a vast trove of experiments and variations on the original series. 

Roth (1930-1998), a Swiss artist already well known in 1969 for his artist books and sculptures made with cheese, chocolate, and other biodegradable comestibles, started out on this particular artistic journey with a single tourist postcard of Piccadilly Circus—one of the first mass-consumed postcard subjects—that belonged to an extensive collection of Piccadilly postcards assembled by the British artist Rita Donagh. After selecting one from a range of similar but distinct views, Roth, in collaboration with his print publisher Hansjörg Mayer, made a photographic blow-up, which he then printed and laminated onto both sides of a series of boards. He then overlaid each of the resulting boards with a variety of complex silkscreened surfaces, producing a range of distortions and re-interpretations of the original image, including a number of “misprints,” many of which were developed into unique works, either as composites or as overpainted prints. 

Images:

Dieter Roth, Red Person and Green Being Waving Banners at E.O., 1976, Ink and acrylic paint on offsetprinting on card on board on hardboard; 15 1/2 x 21 1/4 inches. Collection OCMA, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred R. Nederlander ©Dieter Roth Estate, Courtesy Hauser & Wirth

Dieter Roth, Sunset Transplanted, 1976, ink, acrylic paint and collage on offsetprinting on card- board on hardboard; 15-1/2 x 21-1/4 inches. Collection OCMA, Gift of Ben Wunsch

Exhibition Credits

Dieter Roth's Piccadillies is organized by the Orange County Museum of Art and curated by Chief Curator Dan Cameron.