This rare diptych by Tauba Auerbach synthetises the nature of the artistâ€™s pictorical explorations. The viewer is confronted with two canvases with the exact same pattern, as if they were two images of the same folded material under diferent lights. Gerhard Richter Turned Sheet, 1966. Oil on canvas. Private Collection
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In her work, Auerbach teases the viewerâ€™s perception of reality, she challenges the concept of vision and perception with technical mastery. With an unstretched canvas she begins a process of physically folding and crumpling, then applies spray paint from diferent angles. Once this process is completed Auerbach unfolds the canvas and stretches it on the stretcher again. The impressions of the folding and the paint create an illusion of three dimensionality, and an aesthetic of fuid lines and iridescent colours that could well be an old hazy anagram photograph, or a computer generated colour scheme.
Phillips presents the 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale on 9 February in London.