Tauba Auerbach

Alphabetized Bible, 2006

offset lithograph, Laser printed pages, cloth bound book, gold foil

8 in. x 6 in. x 1 1/2 in. (20.32 cm x 15.24 cm x 3.81 cm);

The Alphabetized Bible investigates the idea that any piece of writing, no matter its intellectual weight, is nothing more than a collection of letters.

Auerbach’s book reorders and presents all the characters in the King James Bible in alphabetical groupings, showing capital and lowercase instances in the order in which they appear in the original text. Some letters and sequences of letters appear more frequently than others, in some cases hundreds of times more than their counterparts.

As the artist describes it, “The intention of my work is to formally and conceptually break language down into its tiniest essential units, and apply the unique properties of the system to the system itself, subjecting it to its own idiosyncrasies and inconsistencies in remarkable patterns.”