Dieter Roth

Dieter Roth / Heimo Zobernig – Artist books and samples of copy book titles

Dieter Roth who was born in 1930 and passed away in 1998, was- among lots of others –  very well known for his artist books (–> see Wikipedia). The Dieter Roth Foundation mentions on its website “Beginning in the 1950s, Dieter Roth took the artist’s book in new directions. Starting with op-art and visual poetry books, he then experimented with all aspects of offset printing and by the 1990s was producing “copy books,” using photocopiers…”

This topic of artist books is also touched by an interesting article written by Andrew M. Goldstein, 2013 called “MoMA Curator Sarah Suzuki on HOW Dieter Roth Invented the Artist´s Book” ( where it is mentioned “…that it’s hard to believe that the medium is less than 50 years old, and more or less indebted to a single artist: Dieter Roth.”

Looking at those “samples(?)” of descriptions of D. Roth´s copy books, I am basically starting to think about, what meaning/history/sense might be behind those words. So I am now looking for the contents of those copy books … the story might be continued.


Before I forget it …The technique of photocopying by the way is something other contemporary artists use as well (even I do not know if. Mr Zobernig was influenced by D. Roth) : A nice example at least would be Heimo Zobering´s book project “Galerie Stadtpark” from 1996 where Zobernig creates copies of the pages of the guest book which was filled by the spectators at the gallery opening. One page in each copied edition is always one original page of the original guestbook.

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Christian Ludwig Attersee – NEW AUSTRIAN PAINTING- the lone wolf in Austrian Art – not only in the 60ies

On Mr. Attersee´s website ( you can read

“Christian Ludwig Attersee was born in 1940 in Bratislava/Slovakia and moved
to Austria in 1944; today he lives in Vienna and Semmering in Lower Austria.
Attersee spent his youth in Aschach near Linz and in Attersee, Upper
Austria; he was one of the great sailing sportsmen of Austria – thus his nom
de plume Attersee. He made his name not only as an artist in the fine and
visual arts, but also as a musician, writer, object maker, designer, set
designer and film maker.
Attersee is noted first and foremost as one of the leading exponents of
objective painting in Europe during the last 50 years; he is a lone wolf in
nearly all fields of the visual arts.
First exhibitions starting in the mid-sixties bring success, also the
friendship and collaboration with artists like Günter Brus, Gotthard
Graubner, Jörg Immendorff, Markus Lüpertz, Hermann Nitsch, Walter Pichler,
Dieter Roth, Gerhard Rühm, Oswald Wiener et al.
Ever since Attersee’s first objective inventions (1964-66) in the sphere of
eroticism and everyday he has been appraised as an independent influence
alongside other artists in European pop art.
Attersee is the great lone wolf of Austrian art of the sixties, counterpole
to Viennese actionism. In the second half of the seventies, Attersee was the
founding figure of “New Austrian Painting”.
In 1984 Attersee represents Austria with extraordinary success at the
Biennale di Venezia. (…)”

On my blog I want to show to you a small sketch which he was drawing into the exhibition catalogue (“Attersee: Das Schachfleisch”. Galerie Hilger / BROT Kunsthalle, Wien) in 2013. This catalogue has a trade edition of 1000. THANK YOU, Mr. Attersee for this nice sketch!

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