Tauba Auerbach — S v Z
Part artist's book, part exhibition catalog, this book chronicles Tauba Auerbach’s multimedia syntheses of abstraction, science, graphic design, and typography.
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 especially for the book by the artist, used for 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. And the volume's typeface was designed by David Reinfurt with Auerbach expressly for this publication and is based on her handwriting.
With introduction and text by Joseph Becker, Jenny Gheith, and Linda Dalrymple Henderson; and an afterword by Neal Benezra.
Designed by Tauba Auerbach and David Reinfurt
Published by D.A.P. and SFMOMA, 2020
Hardcover, 256 pages, 485 color images, 8.25 × 11.75 inches