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Dieter Roth

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If Dieter Roth were granted three wishes, as in a fairy tale, he would wish for everything—three times. “Don't forget or repress to stamp the ‘most’ into the 'speedy drawings'” reads one of Roth's instructions from July 1987. This instruction refers to his newest book, 1234 Soft MOST Speedy Drawings, 1987. Each of the drawings takes up one entire page, and thus the book has 1,234 pages. Here “speedy” refers not only to the artist's execution of the drawings but to the reader's paging through the book, for the reader looks at the book with a speed of a motorcycle racing by. Such a metaphor might easily have come from Roth himself, for the motorcycle rider was a motif that fascinated him in the '60s. In his most beautiful book Mundunculum, 1975, he recreated the movement of a motorcycle by stamping an image of the bike many times in succession, with the images overlapping in a progression

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