Aura Rosenberg

Born 1949
Hometown New York, NY
Lives and Works New York and Berlin

Martos Gallery, New York, NY

Meliksetian Briggs Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

By and large, Aura Rosenberg’s art is concerned with themes of the body, sexuality, and gender. In the late-1980s, for instance, she crafted provocative sculptures, photographs, and paintings based on images culled from pornographic magazines. Though Rosenberg turned away from incorporating porn in her art in the mid-90s, when she became a mother, she returned to the source in the 2010s. The industry had drastically changed, and Rosenberg was challenged to reconcile her past approach to the subject with the new digitized products of the 21st century. Rosenberg's interest in the corporeal is also evinced by her collection of body paintings, which she often executes by covering herself in acrylic paint and then imprinting the canvas with her figure, an action that emphasizes the artist's literal presence in her work.


Rosenberg lives and works in New York and Berlin. Her work has been shown in venues including the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, MoMA PS1 in New York, White Columns in New York, the Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, the Pera Museum in Istanbul, and the Macro Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome, among others. Rosenberg has published three volumes of photography: Headshots (Stop Over Press), Berlin Childhood (Steidl Verlag/D.A.A.D.), and Who Am I? What Am I? Where Am I? (Hatje Cantz Verlag). 

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