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Biography

Tauba Auerbach’s work (b. 1981, San Francisco, California) addresses principles of topology, symbology, and logic, probing the patterns and slippages therein. Though best known for their painting, Auerbach works in a wide variety of media including weaving, glass, photography, 3D printing, bookmaking, and musical instrument design. In 2013, they founded Diagonal Press to formalize their ongoing publishing practice. Major shows of their work have been presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland; the Institute of Contemporary Art, London; and Bergen Kunsthall in Norway, which traveled to venues in Sweden and Belgium. In 2018, the Public Art Fund organized Auerbach’s acclaimed public project, Flow Separation, in New York Harbor. Auerbach’s work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; and the Centre Pompidou, Paris; among others.

Selected Works

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Tauba Auerbach Non-Invasive Procedure, 2018 adjustable height medical table, light box, three lenses with stainless steel supports, polarized film, plastic and glass medical table overall dimensions: 69 1/2 x 48 x 95 in. (176.5 x 121.9 x 241.3 cm)

Tauba Auerbach
Non-Invasive Procedure, 2018
adjustable height medical table, light box, three lenses with stainless steel supports, polarized film, plastic and glass
medical table
overall dimensions: 69 1/2 x 48 x 95 in. (176.5 x 121.9 x 241.3 cm)

Tauba Auerbach Grain - Meander Incision, 2018 acrylic on canvas 90 x 48 in. (228.6 x 121.9 cm)

Tauba Auerbach
Grain - Meander Incision, 2018
acrylic on canvas
90 x 48 in. (228.6 x 121.9 cm)

Tauba Auerbach Where there had once been a snag in the fabric, 2018 Borosilicate glass on cushioned physical therapy table sculpture: 6 3/4 x 18  x 66 1/2 in. (17.1 x 45.7 x 168.9 cm) base: 86 x 33 1/4 x 48 in. (218.4 x 84.5 x 121.9 cm)

Tauba Auerbach
Where there had once been a snag in the fabric, 2018
Borosilicate glass on cushioned physical therapy table
sculpture: 6 3/4 x 18  x 66 1/2 in. (17.1 x 45.7 x 168.9 cm)
base: 86 x 33 1/4 x 48 in. (218.4 x 84.5 x 121.9 cm)

Flow Separation, 2018, Commissioned by Public Art Fund and 14-18 NOW and presented on Fireboat John J. Harvey in New York Harbor July 1, 2018 – May 12, 2019., Image by Nicholas Knight, courtesy Public Art Fund, NY.

Flow Separation, 2018, Commissioned by Public Art Fund and 14-18 NOW and presented on Fireboat John J. Harvey in New York Harbor July 1, 2018 – May 12, 2019., Image by Nicholas Knight, courtesy Public Art Fund, NY.

Tetrachromat, Malmö Konsthall, Sweden, 2012.

Tetrachromat, Malmö Konsthall, Sweden, 2012.

Tauba Auerbach Slice/Wave Fulgurite IV.II, 2014 white silica sand, glass frit, lapis, azurite, fluorite, resin/glass and spray lacquered wooden plinth 2 x 38 x 14 in. (5.1 x 96.5 x 35.6 cm)

Tauba Auerbach
Slice/Wave Fulgurite IV.II, 2014
white silica sand, glass frit, lapis, azurite, fluorite, resin/glass and spray lacquered wooden plinth
2 x 38 x 14 in. (5.1 x 96.5 x 35.6 cm)

Tauba Auerbach A Flexible Fabric of Inflexible Parts, 2015 borosilicate glass on table of aluminum, wood and paint 11 helical components each approximately 3 x 3 x 31 1/2 inches (7.6 x 7.6 x 80 cm). Overall dimensions: 3 x 78 x 25 inches (7.6 x 198.1 x 63.5 cm) table: 23 1/2 x 84 x 84 in. (59.7 x 213.4 x 213.4 cm)

Tauba Auerbach
A Flexible Fabric of Inflexible Parts, 2015
borosilicate glass on table of aluminum, wood and paint
11 helical components each approximately 3 x 3 x 31 1/2 inches (7.6 x 7.6 x 80 cm). Overall dimensions: 3 x 78 x 25 inches (7.6 x 198.1 x 63.5 cm)
table: 23 1/2 x 84 x 84 in. (59.7 x 213.4 x 213.4 cm)

Reciprocal Score: Tauba Auerbach + Charlotte Posenenske, Studio Indipendenza , Rome, Italy, 2015.

Reciprocal Score: Tauba Auerbach + Charlotte Posenenske, Studio Indipendenza , Rome, Italy, 2015.

 

Tauba Auerbach Chiral Fret (Meander)/Extrusion/Ghost, 2015 woven canvas on wooden stretcher 80 x 60 in. (203.2 x 152.4 cm)

Tauba Auerbach
Chiral Fret (Meander)/Extrusion/Ghost, 2015
woven canvas on wooden stretcher
80 x 60 in. (203.2 x 152.4 cm)

 

Tauba Auerbach RGB Colorspace Atlas, 2011 Set of 3 books: digital offset print on paper, case bound book, airbrushed cloth cover and page edges each book: 8 x 8 x 8 in. (20.3 x 20.3 x 20.3 cm); page count, each: 3,712 pages Binding co-designed by Daniel E. Kelm and Tauba Auerbach; Bound by Daniel E. Kelm assisted by Leah Hughes-Purcell at the Wide Awake Garage  Edition of 3

Tauba Auerbach
RGB Colorspace Atlas, 2011
Set of 3 books: digital offset print on paper, case bound book, airbrushed cloth cover and page edges
each book: 8 x 8 x 8 in. (20.3 x 20.3 x 20.3 cm); page count, each: 3,712 pages
Binding co-designed by Daniel E. Kelm and Tauba Auerbach; Bound by Daniel E. Kelm assisted by Leah Hughes-Purcell at the Wide Awake Garage 
Edition of 3

Tauba Auerbach Float, 2011 UV cured ink on 0.4mm polycarbonate with acrylic, brass closed: 12 1/4 x 10 1/4 x 2 1/2 in. (31.1 x 26 x 6.4 cm) Edition 8 of 8, + 2 APs

Tauba Auerbach
Float, 2011
UV cured ink on 0.4mm polycarbonate with acrylic, brass
closed: 12 1/4 x 10 1/4 x 2 1/2 in. (31.1 x 26 x 6.4 cm)
Edition 8 of 8, + 2 APs

Auerglass, 2009 collaboration with Cameron Miserow, AKA Glasser wood, acrylic, steel, copper, leather, felt 190.5 x 31.5 x 116 inches; 483.9 x 80 x 294.6 cm

Auerglass, 2009
collaboration with Cameron Miserow, AKA Glasser
wood, acrylic, steel, copper, leather, felt
190.5 x 31.5 x 116 inches; 483.9 x 80 x 294.6 cm

Tauba Auerbach Wood, 2011 digital offset printing, Mohawk superfine paper, 55 pages, hand painted edges  closed: 17 x 9 1/2 x 2 in. (43.2 x 24.1 x 5.1 cm) Edition of 10, 2 AP

Tauba Auerbach
Wood, 2011
digital offset printing, Mohawk superfine paper, 55 pages, hand painted edges 
closed: 17 x 9 1/2 x 2 in. (43.2 x 24.1 x 5.1 cm)
Edition of 10, 2 AP

 

Tauba Auerbach Pilot Wave Induction III, 2018 single-channel HD video; 16:10, color, sound; duration: 9'03" (looped) dimensions variable Edition 3 of 6, + 2 APs Percussion: Greg Fox Camera: Rafe Scobey-Thal

Tauba Auerbach
Pilot Wave Induction III, 2018
single-channel HD video; 16:10, color, sound; duration: 9'03" (looped)
dimensions variable
Edition 3 of 6, + 2 APs
Percussion: Greg Fox
Camera: Rafe Scobey-Thal

Tauba Auerbach Ligature Drawing, 9 September 2017, 2017 ink on paper approximately: 32 3/4 x 27 in. (83.2 x 68.6 cm)

Tauba Auerbach
Ligature Drawing, 9 September 2017, 2017
ink on paper
approximately: 32 3/4 x 27 in. (83.2 x 68.6 cm)

Tauba Auerbach Altar/Engine, 2015 3D printed nylon and plastic on table of aluminum, wood and paint an array of 126 elements ranging from 18 x 18 x 10 in. (45.7 x 45.7x 25.4 cm) to .0625 x 1 x 2 in. (.16 x 2.5 x 5.1 cm) Table: 15 x 108 x 108 in. (38.1 x 274.3 x 274.3 cm)

Tauba Auerbach
Altar/Engine, 2015
3D printed nylon and plastic on table of aluminum, wood and paint
an array of 126 elements ranging from 18 x 18 x 10 in. (45.7 x 45.7x 25.4 cm) to .0625 x 1 x 2 in. (.16 x 2.5 x 5.1 cm)
Table: 15 x 108 x 108 in. (38.1 x 274.3 x 274.3 cm)

Tauba Auerbach Non-Invasive Procedure, 2018 adjustable height medical table, light box, three lenses with stainless steel supports, polarized film, plastic and glass medical table overall dimensions: 69 1/2 x 48 x 95 in. (176.5 x 121.9 x 241.3 cm)

Tauba Auerbach
Non-Invasive Procedure, 2018
adjustable height medical table, light box, three lenses with stainless steel supports, polarized film, plastic and glass
medical table
overall dimensions: 69 1/2 x 48 x 95 in. (176.5 x 121.9 x 241.3 cm)

Tauba Auerbach Grain - Meander Incision, 2018 acrylic on canvas 90 x 48 in. (228.6 x 121.9 cm)

Tauba Auerbach
Grain - Meander Incision, 2018
acrylic on canvas
90 x 48 in. (228.6 x 121.9 cm)

Tauba Auerbach Where there had once been a snag in the fabric, 2018 Borosilicate glass on cushioned physical therapy table sculpture: 6 3/4 x 18  x 66 1/2 in. (17.1 x 45.7 x 168.9 cm) base: 86 x 33 1/4 x 48 in. (218.4 x 84.5 x 121.9 cm)

Tauba Auerbach
Where there had once been a snag in the fabric, 2018
Borosilicate glass on cushioned physical therapy table
sculpture: 6 3/4 x 18  x 66 1/2 in. (17.1 x 45.7 x 168.9 cm)
base: 86 x 33 1/4 x 48 in. (218.4 x 84.5 x 121.9 cm)

Flow Separation, 2018, Commissioned by Public Art Fund and 14-18 NOW and presented on Fireboat John J. Harvey in New York Harbor July 1, 2018 – May 12, 2019., Image by Nicholas Knight, courtesy Public Art Fund, NY.

Flow Separation, 2018, Commissioned by Public Art Fund and 14-18 NOW and presented on Fireboat John J. Harvey in New York Harbor July 1, 2018 – May 12, 2019., Image by Nicholas Knight, courtesy Public Art Fund, NY.

Tetrachromat, Malmö Konsthall, Sweden, 2012.

Tetrachromat, Malmö Konsthall, Sweden, 2012.

Tauba Auerbach Slice/Wave Fulgurite IV.II, 2014 white silica sand, glass frit, lapis, azurite, fluorite, resin/glass and spray lacquered wooden plinth 2 x 38 x 14 in. (5.1 x 96.5 x 35.6 cm)

Tauba Auerbach
Slice/Wave Fulgurite IV.II, 2014
white silica sand, glass frit, lapis, azurite, fluorite, resin/glass and spray lacquered wooden plinth
2 x 38 x 14 in. (5.1 x 96.5 x 35.6 cm)

Tauba Auerbach A Flexible Fabric of Inflexible Parts, 2015 borosilicate glass on table of aluminum, wood and paint 11 helical components each approximately 3 x 3 x 31 1/2 inches (7.6 x 7.6 x 80 cm). Overall dimensions: 3 x 78 x 25 inches (7.6 x 198.1 x 63.5 cm) table: 23 1/2 x 84 x 84 in. (59.7 x 213.4 x 213.4 cm)

Tauba Auerbach
A Flexible Fabric of Inflexible Parts, 2015
borosilicate glass on table of aluminum, wood and paint
11 helical components each approximately 3 x 3 x 31 1/2 inches (7.6 x 7.6 x 80 cm). Overall dimensions: 3 x 78 x 25 inches (7.6 x 198.1 x 63.5 cm)
table: 23 1/2 x 84 x 84 in. (59.7 x 213.4 x 213.4 cm)

Reciprocal Score: Tauba Auerbach + Charlotte Posenenske, Studio Indipendenza , Rome, Italy, 2015.

Reciprocal Score: Tauba Auerbach + Charlotte Posenenske, Studio Indipendenza , Rome, Italy, 2015.

 

Tauba Auerbach Chiral Fret (Meander)/Extrusion/Ghost, 2015 woven canvas on wooden stretcher 80 x 60 in. (203.2 x 152.4 cm)

Tauba Auerbach
Chiral Fret (Meander)/Extrusion/Ghost, 2015
woven canvas on wooden stretcher
80 x 60 in. (203.2 x 152.4 cm)

 

Tauba Auerbach RGB Colorspace Atlas, 2011 Set of 3 books: digital offset print on paper, case bound book, airbrushed cloth cover and page edges each book: 8 x 8 x 8 in. (20.3 x 20.3 x 20.3 cm); page count, each: 3,712 pages Binding co-designed by Daniel E. Kelm and Tauba Auerbach; Bound by Daniel E. Kelm assisted by Leah Hughes-Purcell at the Wide Awake Garage  Edition of 3

Tauba Auerbach
RGB Colorspace Atlas, 2011
Set of 3 books: digital offset print on paper, case bound book, airbrushed cloth cover and page edges
each book: 8 x 8 x 8 in. (20.3 x 20.3 x 20.3 cm); page count, each: 3,712 pages
Binding co-designed by Daniel E. Kelm and Tauba Auerbach; Bound by Daniel E. Kelm assisted by Leah Hughes-Purcell at the Wide Awake Garage 
Edition of 3

Tauba Auerbach Float, 2011 UV cured ink on 0.4mm polycarbonate with acrylic, brass closed: 12 1/4 x 10 1/4 x 2 1/2 in. (31.1 x 26 x 6.4 cm) Edition 8 of 8, + 2 APs

Tauba Auerbach
Float, 2011
UV cured ink on 0.4mm polycarbonate with acrylic, brass
closed: 12 1/4 x 10 1/4 x 2 1/2 in. (31.1 x 26 x 6.4 cm)
Edition 8 of 8, + 2 APs

Auerglass, 2009 collaboration with Cameron Miserow, AKA Glasser wood, acrylic, steel, copper, leather, felt 190.5 x 31.5 x 116 inches; 483.9 x 80 x 294.6 cm

Auerglass, 2009
collaboration with Cameron Miserow, AKA Glasser
wood, acrylic, steel, copper, leather, felt
190.5 x 31.5 x 116 inches; 483.9 x 80 x 294.6 cm

Tauba Auerbach Wood, 2011 digital offset printing, Mohawk superfine paper, 55 pages, hand painted edges  closed: 17 x 9 1/2 x 2 in. (43.2 x 24.1 x 5.1 cm) Edition of 10, 2 AP

Tauba Auerbach
Wood, 2011
digital offset printing, Mohawk superfine paper, 55 pages, hand painted edges 
closed: 17 x 9 1/2 x 2 in. (43.2 x 24.1 x 5.1 cm)
Edition of 10, 2 AP

 

Tauba Auerbach Pilot Wave Induction III, 2018 single-channel HD video; 16:10, color, sound; duration: 9'03" (looped) dimensions variable Edition 3 of 6, + 2 APs Percussion: Greg Fox Camera: Rafe Scobey-Thal

Tauba Auerbach
Pilot Wave Induction III, 2018
single-channel HD video; 16:10, color, sound; duration: 9'03" (looped)
dimensions variable
Edition 3 of 6, + 2 APs
Percussion: Greg Fox
Camera: Rafe Scobey-Thal

Tauba Auerbach Ligature Drawing, 9 September 2017, 2017 ink on paper approximately: 32 3/4 x 27 in. (83.2 x 68.6 cm)

Tauba Auerbach
Ligature Drawing, 9 September 2017, 2017
ink on paper
approximately: 32 3/4 x 27 in. (83.2 x 68.6 cm)

Tauba Auerbach Altar/Engine, 2015 3D printed nylon and plastic on table of aluminum, wood and paint an array of 126 elements ranging from 18 x 18 x 10 in. (45.7 x 45.7x 25.4 cm) to .0625 x 1 x 2 in. (.16 x 2.5 x 5.1 cm) Table: 15 x 108 x 108 in. (38.1 x 274.3 x 274.3 cm)

Tauba Auerbach
Altar/Engine, 2015
3D printed nylon and plastic on table of aluminum, wood and paint
an array of 126 elements ranging from 18 x 18 x 10 in. (45.7 x 45.7x 25.4 cm) to .0625 x 1 x 2 in. (.16 x 2.5 x 5.1 cm)
Table: 15 x 108 x 108 in. (38.1 x 274.3 x 274.3 cm)