Tauba Auerbach

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Tauba Auerbach
Berkeley, California
Alma materStanford University
Known forPainting

Tauba Auerbach (born 1981 in San Francisco, California[1]) is a visual artist working across many disciplines including painting, artists' books, photography, and sculpture. Her work "operat[es] in the gap between conceptual art, abstraction and graphic art".[2] She lives and works in New York.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Auerbach was born and grew up in San Francisco, California as the daughter of theater designers[4] and graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Visual Art in 2003. She apprenticed and worked as a sign painter at New Bohemia Signs in San Francisco from 2002–2005.


Auerbach draws much of her inspiration from math and physics. “Engaging a variety of media, ranging from painting and photography to book design and musical performance, Auerbach explores the limits of our structures and systems of logic (linguistic, mathematical, spatial) and the points at which they break down and open up onto new visual and poetic possibilities".[5]

Early work[edit]

In her first solo exhibition, How To Spell The Alphabet, at New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA (2005), Auerbach showed a series of text-based drawings that explored various linguistic systems including calligraphy, Morse code, semaphore signals, the Ugaritic alphabet and Alexander Melville Bell's visible speech.[6] During the course of her time working as a sign painter, her focus shifted from the formal to the structural aspects of language.

Recent work[edit]

Auerbach's recent work focuses on rotational symmetry, gesture, architecture, and theories about higher-dimensional space. Auerbach's 2016 exhibition at Paula Cooper Gallery, "Projective Instrument," reflected on the work of early 20th century architect and theosophist Claude Bragdon, and featured glass sculptures, acrylic paintings, 3-D printed sculptures, and artists' books.[7] For the season 2016/2017 in the Vienna State Opera Auerbach designed the large-scale picture "A Flexible Fabric of Inflexible Parts III" as part of the exhibition series "Safety Curtain", conceived by museum in progress.[8]

Notable work[edit]


In her first solo exhibition, Auerbach showed a series of text-based drawings that explored various linguistic systems including calligraphy, Morse code, semaphore signals, the Ugaritic alphabet and Alexander Melville Bell's visible speech.[9]

Fold paintings

Auerbach gained acclaim for her Fold paintings, which she first exhibited in 2009.[10] They were included in the 2010 Whitney Biennial, and Greater New York at Moma PS1.[11]

Weave paintings

The all white and sometimes bi-colored stretched weavings were first exhibited in Tetrachromat, and grew more intricate and architectural in the following years. They are composed of woven canvas strips.[12]

Grain paintings

Auerbach's most recent works are the Grain Paintings, created using custom tools made by the artist.[13]

Glass sculpture

In 2015 Auerbach was a resident at Urban Glass in Brooklyn, NY. Here she learned the skills to craft the glass sculptures in the exhibition Projective Instrument.[14]


The Auerglass Organ is a two-person tracker action pump organ conceived by Tauba Auerbach and Cameron Mesirow (also known as Glasser) and constructed by Parson's Pipe Organs in Canandaigua, NY. Each player has a keyboard with alternating notes of a four octave scale. The instrument cannot be played alone because each player must pump to supply wind to the other player’s notes. Auerbach and Mesirow composed and performed a piece of music on the Auerglass in 2009. The instrument is now in residence at Future-Past studio in Hudson, New York.[16]


Solo exhibitions[edit]

  • 2005: How to Spell the Alphabet, New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California[17]
  • 2006: Yes and Not Yes, Deitch Projects, New York[18]
  • 2007: The Answer/Wasn't Here, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco, California[19]
  • 2009: Here and Now/And Nowhere, Deitch Projects, New York[20]
  • 2010: The W Axis, Standard (Oslo), Oslo, Norway[21]
  • 2011: Tetrachromat, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway; Malmo Konsthall, Malmo, Sweden; Wiels Contemporary Art Center, Brussels, Belgium[22]
  • 2013: Night (1947-2015), The Phillip Johnson Glass House, New Canaan, Connecticut[23]
  • 2013: A comb, A grating, A wave, A particle, A solid, A field, A mirror, A sundial, A slice, A charge, A hole, A ghost, Standard (Oslo), Oslo, Norway[24]
  • 2014: The New Ambidextrous Universe, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London[25]
  • 2015: (Two person) Reciprocal Score / Tauba Auerbach and Charlotte Posenenske, Indipendenza Roma, Rome, Italy[26]
  • 2016: Projective Instrument, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York[27]
  • 2016/2017: Safety Curtain, Vienna State Opera, an exhibition project by museum in progress, Vienna, Austria[28]

Group exhibitions[edit]

  • 2009: The Generational: Younger than Jesus, The New Museum, New York[29]
  • 2010: 2010 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York[30]
  • 2010: Greater New York, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York[31]
  • 2011: The Indiscipline of Painting: International Abstraction from the 1960s to Now, Tate St. Ives, Cornwall, United Kingdom[32]
  • 2012: Lifelike, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota[33]
  • 2012: Remote Control, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London[34]
  • 2012: Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language, MoMA, New York[35]
  • 2013: DECORUM: Carpets and tapestries by artists, Musee D'Art Moderne, Paris[36]
  • 2015: TeleGenic - Art and Television, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany[37]
  • 2015: Condensed Matter Community, Synchrotron Radiation Center: Home of Aladdin, Stoughton, Wisconsin[38]
  • 2016: Typeface to Interface: Graphic Design from the Collection, SFMoMA, San Francisco, California[39]


Diagonal Press[edit]

In 2013 Auerbach founded Diagonal Press, under which she publishes books, type specimens, manipulatives and other items. All publications are open edition; nothing is signed or numbered.[40]

  • A Partial Taxonomy of Periodic Linear Ornament. Tauba Auerbach. New York: Diagonal Press (2017).[41]
  • There Have Been and Will Be Many San Franciscos. Tauba Auerbach. New York: Diagonal Press (2016).[42]
  • Projective Ornament. Claude Bragdon. New York: Diagonal Press (2016).[43]
  • A Primer of Higher Space. Claude Bragdon. New York: Diagonal Press (2016).[44]
  • The Gold Church. Tauba Auerbach. New York: Diagonal Press (2014).[45]
  • Reciprocal Score. Tauba Auerbach. New York: Diagonal Press (2015).[46]
  • Z Helix. Tauba Auerbach. New York: Diagonal Press (2015).[47]
  • Maille. Tauba Auerbach. New York: Diagonal Press (2014).[48]
  • Saccade 1. Tauba Auerbach. New York: Diagonal Press (2013).[49]
  • Saccade 2. Tauba Auerbach. New York: Diagonal Press (2013).[50]
  • Saccade 3. Tauba Auerbach. New York: Diagonal Press (2013).[51]

Artists' books: editions[edit]

  • [2,3]. New York: Printed Matter, 2010. Edition of 1,000., 85 Artist's Proofs, 3 Printer's Proofs, 12 Hors Commerce.[52]
  • STAB/GHOST. Paris: Three Star Books, 2013. Edition of 10, 3 Artist's Proofs, 3 Hors Commerce.[53]
  • RGB Colorspace Atlas, New York: 2011. Three volumes. Edition of 3, 2 Artist's Proofs, 2 Exhibition Copies, 1 Binder's Copy.[54]
  • Bent Onyx, New York: 2012. Edition of 3, 2 Artist's Proofs.[55]
  • Marble, New York: 2011. Edition of 10, 2 Artist's Proofs, 2 Exhibition Copies.[56]
  • Wood, New York: 2011. Edition of 10, 2 Artist's Proofs, 2 Exhibition Copies.[57]
  • Float, New York: 2011. Edition of 8, 2 Artist's Proofs, 2 Exhibition Copies.[58]


  • How To Spell The Alphabet. New York: Deitch Projects (2007). ISBN 9780977868605
  • 50/50: Tauba Auerbach. New York: Deitch Projects (2008). ISBN 9780981577111
  • Chaos: Tauba Auerbach. New York: Deitch Projects (2009). ISBN 9780981577173
  • Folds: Tauba Auerbach. Berlin: Sternberg Press (2012). ISBN 9781934105641

Art market[edit]

In 2014, a 2011 trompe l’oeil canvas by Auerbach reached $1.8 million at Phillips auction in New York, surpassing the high estimate of $1.2 million.[59] Later that year, Auerbach's Untitled (Fold) (2010) sold for $2.85 million.[60]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Getty Union List of Artist Names. http://www.getty.edu/vow/ULANFullDisplay?find=auerbach&role=&nation=&prev_page=1&subjectid=500294123
  2. ^ Smith, Roberta (October 27, 2006). "Art in Review; Tauba Auerbach". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Whitney Museum of Modern Art: Tauba Auerbach." Whitney Museum of American Art. Whitney Museum of American Art, 2010. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  4. ^ Kelly Crow (December 7, 2012), Searching for the Next Art-World Star Wall Street Journal.
  5. ^ "Float press release". Paula Cooper Gallery. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  6. ^ Hess, Hugo. "Tauba Auerbach". Widewalls. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Tauba Auerbach "Projective Instrument" at Paula Cooper Gallery, New York / MOUSSE CONTEMPORARY ART MAGAZINE". moussemagazine.it. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  8. ^ "Safety Curtain 2016/17": Tauba Auerbach, a project for museum in progress.
  9. ^ Fiske, Courtney. "Tauba Auerbach's Peripheral Visions". Art in America. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
  10. ^ Donnelly, R. "NEW YORK: TAUBA AUERBACH FLOAT AT PAULA COOPER THROUGH JUNE 9, 2012". Art Observed. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  11. ^ https://www.huffingtonpost.com/sharon-l-butler/a-2010-whitney-biennial-b_b_503471.html
  12. ^ http://www.contemporaryartdaily.com/2011/12/tauba-auerbach-at-bergen-kunsthall/
  13. ^ https://vmagazine.com/article/tauba-auerbachs-projective-instruments/
  14. ^ https://vmagazine.com/article/tauba-auerbachs-projective-instruments/
  15. ^ Tauba Auerbach. http://www.taubaauerbach.com/view.php?id=243
  16. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFvdKk6u3Ao
  17. ^ "Tauba Auerbach - Exhibitions". taubaauerbach.com. Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  18. ^ http://www.deitch.com/archive/yes-and-not-yes
  19. ^ http://www.jackhanley.com/exhibitions/tauba-auerbach
  20. ^ http://www.deitch.com/archive/here-and-now-and-nowhere
  21. ^ http://www.standardoslo.no/en/exhibitions/the_w_axis
  22. ^ http://www.wiels.org/en/exhibitions/405/tauba-auerbach-tetrachromat
  23. ^ "Tauba Auerbach - Exhibitions". taubaauerbach.com. Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  24. ^ http://www.standardoslo.no/en/exhibitions/a_comb_a_grating_a_wave_a_particle_a_solid_a_field_a_mirror_a_sundial_a_slice_a_charge_a_hole_a_ghost
  25. ^ https://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/tauba-auerbach-new-ambidextrous-universe
  26. ^ http://indipendenzaroma.com/gallery/tauba-auerbach-charlotte-posenenske-reciprocal-score/
  27. ^ https://www.paulacoopergallery.com/exhibitions/tauba-auerbach-projective-instrument/installation-views
  28. ^ http://www.mip.at/creations/eiserner-vorhang-2016-2017
  29. ^ http://archive.newmuseum.org/index.php/Detail/Occurrence/Show/occurrence_id/937
  30. ^ http://whitney.org/Exhibitions/2010Biennial
  31. ^ http://momaps1.org/exhibitions/view/310
  32. ^ http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-st-ives/exhibition/indiscipline-painting
  33. ^ http://www.walkerart.org/calendar/2012/lifelike
  34. ^ https://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/remote-control
  35. ^ https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/1214
  36. ^ http://www.mam.paris.fr/en/expositions/exhibitions-decorum?archive=1
  37. ^ http://www.kunstmuseum-bonn.de/nocache/en/exhibitions/preview/info/ex/tele-gen-2526/
  38. ^ http://condensedmattercommunity.org/work/
  39. ^ https://www.sfmoma.org/exhibition/typeface-interface/
  40. ^ https://diagonalpress.com/pages/about
  41. ^ https://diagonalpress.com/products/a-partial-taxonomy-of-periodic-linear-ornament
  42. ^ https://diagonalpress.com/products/there-have-been-and-will-be-many-san-franciscos
  43. ^ https://diagonalpress.com/products/projective-ornament
  44. ^ https://diagonalpress.com/products/a-primer-of-higher-space
  45. ^ https://diagonalpress.com/products/gold-church
  46. ^ https://diagonalpress.com/products/reciprocal-score
  47. ^ https://diagonalpress.com/products/a-z-helix
  48. ^ https://diagonalpress.com/products/chainmaille
  49. ^ https://diagonalpress.com/products/saccade-1
  50. ^ https://diagonalpress.com/products/saccade-2
  51. ^ https://diagonalpress.com/products/saccade-3
  52. ^ https://www.printedmatter.org/catalog/34808/
  53. ^ http://www.threestarbooks.com/work/tauba-auerbach-stab-ghost
  54. ^ http://taubaauerbach.com/view.php?id=286
  55. ^ http://taubaauerbach.com/view.php?id=361
  56. ^ http://taubaauerbach.com/view.php?id=280
  57. ^ http://taubaauerbach.com/view.php?id=281
  58. ^ http://taubaauerbach.com/view.php?id=282
  59. ^ James Tarmy (February 13, 2015), The Babies of the 1980s Are Taking Over the Art Market Bloomberg.
  60. ^ James Tarmy (November 13, 2014), Collectors Buy $2.3 Billion of Art in Two Weeks in N.Y. Bloomberg.

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