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Tauba Auerbach | Tetrachromat

February 1, 2012

The human retina contains three types of color receptors, or cone cells, for the perception of red, green and blue.  These three receptor types can distinguish up to 100 different gradations of color and allows the average person to distinguish roughly one million different hues.  A new theory posits 2–3% of the world’s women may be carrying a fourth type of cone that lies between the standard red and green cones, within the orange range, that augments color differentiation to 100 million shades.

Artist Tauba Auerbach’s recent exhibition Tetrachromat addresses this notion of ‘tetrachromatic’ vision.  Accordingly, her artistic methodology resembles an elegant thought experiment that enhances the conventional way visual and perceptual information are experienced.

Tauba Auerbach | Tetrachromat

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