Tauba Auerbach is a San Francisco native, born in 1981. She is a visual artist working across many disciplines including painting, artists' books, photography, and sculpture. Her work is categorized in the gap between Conceptual Art, abstraction and graphic art. She lives and works in New York. She graduated from Stanford University. Auerbach draws much of her inspiration from mathematics 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, capitalizing on the points at which they break down and open up onto new visual and poetic possibilities.
Auerbach had her first solo exhibition, How To Spell The Alphabet at New Image Art in 2005. In 2009, New Museum director Lisa Phillips included two of Auerbach's works in the museum's survey of emerging artists, "The Generational: Younger Than Jesus."
She has since had solo exhibitions at Paula Cooper Gallery in 2012, and Bergen Kunsthall in Bergen, Norway in 2011. Her work has been in many notable group exhibitions including Abstract Generation: Now in Print, at The Museum of Modern Art, New York in 2013. The Painting Factory at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2012), The Indiscipline of Painting at Tate St. Ives, St. Ives, UK (2011), the Whitney Biennial, New York (2010), and Younger than Jesus at the New Museum, New York (2009). Her first solo exhibition in the U.K., The New Ambidextrous Universe, took place at the ICA London (2014).
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 objects, and artists' books.