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Dieter Roth, 6 Piccadillies, 1970. 6 offset lithographs with screenprinting, 1 with iron filings. Yale University Art Gallery, Katharine Ordway Fund

Dieter Roth, 6 Piccadillies, 1970. 6 offset lithographs with screenprinting, 1 with iron filings. Yale University Art Gallery, Katharine Ordway Fund

October 24, 2019

Dieter Roth’s 6 Piccadillies

Recently installed in the modern and contemporary art galleries, Dieter Roth’s 6 Piccadillies (1970) pushed the boundaries of screenprinting technologies of the time. Formally complex and technically innovative, this suite of six prints plays with our perception and with questions of legibility. How do alterations in color and texture affect our reading of a picture? How far can a picture—even a picture of a widely recognizable place—be abstracted before it is rendered illegible?