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Dieter Roth and Björn Roth, Matte vom Bürotisch, Hegenheimerstrasse, Basel, 1996–97, acrylic, oil, graphite, ink, and collage on paper mounted on wood, 50 3/4 x 45 5/8 x 1 5/8".

Dieter Roth and Björn Roth

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Dieter Roth and Björn Roth, Matte vom Bürotisch, Hegenheimerstrasse, Basel, 1996–97, acrylic, oil, graphite, ink, and collage on paper mounted on wood, 50 3/4 x 45 5/8 x 1 5/8".

For an exhibition coinciding with what would have been the eightieth birthday of Dieter Roth, the Swiss artist who died in 1998 at the age of sixty-eight, Hauser & Wirth surveys some twenty works that Dieter Roth, father, and Björn Roth, son, called Tischmatten (Table Mats). These are the cardboard sheets the artist laid over his work tables and upon which a multitude of actions took place: collaging, painting, drawing, pasting, cutting, spraying, gluing, affixing, list making, game playing, address noting, daubing, and doodling. In short, the mats carry the residuum of simply working as an artist. (From the time the younger was fifteen, Vater and Sohn worked together in the studio, both of them apparently contributing to these diaristic corrigenda.) To be sure, with this kind of work, there cannot be “corrections,” since, in principle, there are no errors. We all have spilled

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