Zucker Art Books is pleased to participate for the first time in the FLAT art book fair in Turin, Italy, from November 2–4, 2018, featuring seminal artist books by Dieter Roth and Ed Ruscha. Both artists pioneered the contemporary artist book through their experimental and conceptual approach.
Highlights include Dieter Roth’s book aa, 1960, his first interactive work, shown at Gallery Bruno Danese, Milan, that same year alongside work by Bruno Munari and Enzo Mari, Italian pioneers of interactive art.
Literaturwurst, 1968, (“SALSICCIA di Litteratura”) speaks directly to Italian culture, invoking the experience of life by seeing, eating, critiquing, and digesting all that is around you. Roth’s gesture—shredded pages of a text mixed with spices and lard and stuffed into a sausage casing—remains one of the most radical examples of an artist book today!
An early precursor of Instagram is a group of 16 leather bound albums titled Stundenbilder, 1977, containing 305 signed photographs. Begun January 1st in Chicago, Roth’s intention was to photograph whatever was in front of him every hour in order to record his daily life over a course of a year. Although Roth terminated the project after 16 days, these books are a testament to how far ahead of his time his ideas really were.
Roth’s American counterpart is Ed Ruscha and we will present 16 early artist books including his groundbreaking and influential Twentysix Gasoline Stations, 1963 which paved the way for the conceptual artist book.
Round table Discussion: Dieter Roth - Artistbooks on Friday November 2nd:
Matthew Zucker will share his expertise on Dieter Roth’s artistbooks and the postwar artistbook. Other panelists include:
Bjorn Roth, the son of Dieter Roth
Hans Joerg Mayer, legendary German publisher of postwar bookworks including Dieter Roth’s
Dr. Dirk Dobke, art historian, Roth expert and former director of the Roth Foundation
We look forward to seeing you in Torino !
FLAT international art book fair
2 / 4 nov: h 11 – 19
3 nov: h 11 – 22
La Centrale Nuvola Lavazza
via Ancona 11/a, Torino