Past Exhibitions

Selections: Dieter Roth's Piccadillies

Exhibition Through 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. 


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.