Dieter Roth, Björn Roth Work Tables & Tischmatten
At the beginning of artistic career the late Dieter Roth produced precise, organized, controlled works. He was, as a young man, especially ashamed of smears, mistakes, and imperfections.
However this exhibition at Hauser & Wirth in New York highlighted the work of an older Roth who gained the confidence to embrace imperfection, realizing the artistic possibility that could be found in it.
The exhibition collected, for the first time, a selection of the large gray sheets of cardboard the artist used to cover the work surfaces of his various studios and living quarters in Iceland and Switzerland in the 1970s. These table mats (Tischmatten in German), which Roth produced until his death in 1998, became cumulative diaries of his process, works of art themselves.