Librarian's Choice:
Tauba Auerbach / Diagonal Press

31 January - 31 March 2020

Tauba Auerbach works across multiple disciplines: painting, sculpture, photography, and jewellery, but is particularly dedicated to the book form. In 2013, Auerbach founded Diagonal Press, a publishing project run via her own studio.

From the Diagonal Press website, one can read of Auerbach’s intention to make art in the form of publications which will ‘exploit the physical possibilities of accessible, consumer-level printing and binding processes such as comb binding, coil binding, photocopying and rubber stamping.’ These open source materials are used in inventive ways, combining the common forms of geometry to unfold a surprising elegance.

In this exhibition we also present examples of book work produced outside of Diagonal Press. These items closely assume the qualities of sculpture – [2,3] - and painting – Spray Through Book (Recession). This collection of her work was purchased in 2019, and currently represents the sole UK collection of Auerbach’s book works.


This is exhibition is on display in the Blenheim Walk Library by appointment only. Please email Catriona McAra at catriona.mcara@leeds-art.ac.uk or Nick Norton nick.norton@leeds-art.ac.uk at to make an appointment.

Talk by Louisa Riley-Smith (Archivist, 20th Century Art Archives): Thursday 6 February 5-6pm
Refreshments will be provided and entry is free. Please email Nick Norton at nick.norton@leeds-art.ac.uk to book your place. Staff and students do not need to book.

Image: Tauba Auerbach, Spray Through Book (Recession), 2011. #5 of an edition of 10, I8 hand sprayed coloured pages with self-end boards. Self-published by the artist. Paper cutting by Andre Ribuoli. Binding by Jennifer Mahlman. Painting by Tauba Auerbach. Photo courtesy Studio of Tauba Auerbach.

Image: Tauba Auerbach, Spray Through Book (Recession), 2011. #5 of an edition of 10, I8 hand sprayed coloured pages with self-end boards. Self-published by the artist. Paper cutting by Andre Ribuoli. Binding by Jennifer Mahlman. Painting by Tauba Auerbach. Photo courtesy Studio of Tauba Auerbach.

  • 31 January - 31 March 2020
  • Blenheim Walk Library, Leeds Arts University, Blenheim Walk, LS2 9AQ