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Tauba Auerbach – S v Z

by Tauba Auerbach (Author), Joseph Becke (Author), Jenny Gheith (Author), Linda Dalrymple Henderson (Author), Neal Benezra (Afterword)

Tauba Auerbach studies the boundaries of perception through an art and design practice grounded in math, science and craft. Published in conjunction with the first major survey of the artist’s work, this volume, designed by Auerbach in collaboration with David Reinfurt, spans 16 years of her career, highlighting her interest in concepts such as duality and its alternatives, interconnectedness, rhythm and four-dimensional geometry.

Encapsulating Auerbach’s longstanding consideration of symmetry, texture and logic, the title S v Z offers a framework for this volume’s typeface, design and structure. Images of more than 130 paintings, drawings, sculptures and artist’s books created between 2004 and 2020 are mirrored by a comprehensive selection of related reference images, illuminating her multifaceted practice as never before. Essays by Joseph Becker, Jenny Gheith and Linda Dalrymple Henderson provide further context for the work.

The book contains original marble patterns created specially for the book by the artist on both the endpapers and the edges of the book block. The cover is lettered in Auerbach’s calligraphy, applied in black foil on a silver paper. The typeface was designed by David Reinfurt with Auerbach expressly for this publication, and is based on her handwriting.

Tauba Auerbach

New York-based artist Tauba Auerbach (born 1981) grew up in San Francisco and graduated from Stanford University in 2003. She apprenticed and worked as a sign painter at New Bohemia Signs in San Francisco. In 2013 she founded Diagonal Press. She is represented by Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, and Standard Oslo.

Product Details

Hardcover: 256 pages
ISBN-10: 1942884559
Dimensions: 20.96 x 1.91 x 29.21 cm
Publisher: Distributed Art Publishers (28 Mar. 2020)
Language: English

Editorial Reviews

With sixteen distinct subsections collating as many years of work, the monograph Tauba Auerbach -- S v Z was intended to accompany the artist's long-awaited midcareer survey at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, an exhibition now postponed until 2021. Created in collaboration with graphic designer David Reinfurt, the catalogue is a work in and of itself.
Kate Sutton
Years from now, [Auerbach] will be included in retrospectives around the world, one of the most important artists of an era, who brought a philosophical and original voice to how science, technology and the arts can mesh, and how the unseen networks around us can be visualised. If you haven't indulged in her works before, S v Z is a great start.
Evan Pricco
It's rather strange that the book precedes the show by a whole year," noted Auerbach. "But what can you do?" Designed by Auerbach in collaboration with David Reinfurt, the volume is a work of art in itself and serves as a fantastic teaser for the eventual in-person experience.
Shannon Lee

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