Philadelphia: Diter Rot, . Irregularly cut diazotype sheet, approximately 23 x 35", folded twice, with glue remnants at verso. Titled in graphite in Rot's hand "an almost dummy", with a note at bottom edge reading "sorry D. R. 64".
In 1964, Rot was invited to Philadelphia to create an artists' book in collaboration with Eugene Feldman, who had been impressed by Rot's 'Book' published earlier that year. Rot's visit coincided with his impressive turn towards chance, mess, materiality and the everyday, and the collaboration foundered. Rot ended up continuing his work at the Philedelphia Museum College of Art. The institution planned to publish a paperback version following his donation of the singular work to the institution, but Rot, in a glorious turn towards materiality and participation, pinned up the "outtakes" of the work, and invited students to drink aquavit and take what they wanted. This print was taken by a student of Rot's at the time. An edition would eventually be published by Editions Et, and then six years later by Rot himself, but this print represents the first distribution of the book. A rare survivor from one of the most important artists' books of the 20th century. Item #26645