Dora Tass – August Muth

Testo critico di Jacqueline Ceresoli
Group Exhibitions

54th Venice Biennale, Padiglione Italia/Tese delle Vergini all’Arsenale.

Chosen by Bernardo Bertolucci to present her latest works at the Italian Pavilion, curated by Vittorio Sgarbi.

Video interview 54th  Venice Biennale.

Bonhams, A Contemporary Edge, London

MIA Photo Fair

Photonic truth Amy-d Arte Spazio, Milano

MIT Museum.
The Jeweled Net: Views of Contemporary Holography. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. USA
ISDH.International Symposium of Display Holography

MART Museum ,“Poesia Visiva” La donazione Bentivoglio. Curated by Daniela Ferrari. Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Italy.
Nopx|artbook . International contest of Artist Book
Documents 06. ArtMbassy/Berlin, text by Jonathan Dronsfield. Berlin

“Premium Sinestesie”, Aquila. Italy
“One Minute Tree”, curated by Elisa Resegotti, Pianamola.Italy
“20 Libristi”, curated by Mirella Bentivoglio, Galleria Cortese & Lisanti, Roma.

“Libro Ambiente” curated by “Archivio Internazionale del Libro d’Artista”, Roma.
“Kunst-wert InSaldi di Valore Infinito”,Galleria ArtMbassy, Berlin.

“SPQR” by Pino Casagrande e Chiara Marzi, ArtMbassy, Berlin.
“Quasi Pagine”, curated by Paolo Tesi, Biblioteca San Giorgio, Italy.

“OutArt”, curated by Eleonora Sgaravatti, Villa dei Quintili, Rome.

Solo Show

Contact: Modì /Tass. Curated by Enrica Torelli Landini. Palazzo Taverna, Roma

“La caduta degli dei” curated by Enrica Torelli Landini, Galleria ArtMbassy Berlino- LAR, Roma.


2012 Center for the Holographic Arts of New York.
2013 Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM).

Public Collection

2013. MIT MUSEUM, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. USA
2011. MART MUSEUM, Rovereto, “Hyperbook Boundary”. Italy
2007. Biblioteca Comunale San Giorgio ,”Libro Ambiente”. Italy.


RAI TRE , ARTNEWS, Dora Tass The Making of.
RAI UNO 30 min. “Tracce d’arte” Magazzini Einstein.

Group Exhibitions [selected]

1979      Xylem Gallery                             Houston, TX
1980     Arron Faber Gallery                   New York, NY
1982       Nemesis Gallery                          New York, NY
1984       Kate Clarke Gallery                     Louisville, KY
1994       Museum Fur Holographie              Pulheim, Germany
1995       At the speed of Light                   Fresno, CA
1996       Eldolon Gallery                          Santa Fe, NM
1999       Alexandre Gallery                       Boca Raton, Fl
1999       Del Mano Gallery                        Santa Monica, Ca
1999       Mostly Glass Gallery                  Englewood, NJ
2000       Center for contemporary Art       Santa Fe, NM
2004       Guadalupe Gallery                      Santa FE, NM
2008       Santa Fe Complex                        Santa Fe, NM
2009       Hulse Warman Gallery                 Taos, NM
2009       Art Santa Fe                               Santa Fe, NM
2010       Zane Bennet Fine Art                   Santa fe, NM
2011       J. Willott Gallery                       Palm Desert, CA
New Mexico Museum of Fine Art    Santa fe, NM
2012       MIT museum                                 Cambridge, Ma
2013       Gallery Sonja Roesch                 Houston, TX
2013       Cloud 5                                      Santa fe,  NM
2013       Midland Center for the Arts        Midland, Mi
2016   Photonic Truth, Amy-d Arte Spazio, Milano
2016 MIA Photo Fair, Milano.

Solo Exhibitions

1999       Philabaum Glass Gallery        Tucson, AZ
Houston Center for contemporary crafts, Houston, TX
2003       Kittrell Riffkind Gallery        Dallas, TX
2010        Hulse Warman Gallery           Taos, NM
2012        Hulse Warman Gallery           Taos, NM
2013        Axel Contemporary                Santa fe, NM
2013        Hulse Warman gallery            Taos, NM


Exterior installation              Paso Robles, CA
2013       Fantase – Creative Santa fe    Santa fe, NM


Museum of holography                           New York, NY
MIT  Museum                                           Cambridge, MA
Corning Museum of Glass                       Corning, NY
Butler Institute of American Art             Youngstown, OH


1994     Shearwater Foundation           Fort Lauderdale, FL
2010     Charles Strong Foundation    Taos, NM


Dora Tass si laurea in Antropologia Culturale presso la Sapienza di Roma, in seguito si iscrive all’ Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma frequentando il corso di pittura poi dedicarsi da autodidatta alla lavorazione artistica di metalli. Dal 2006 si interessa al medium dell’olografia ed inizia un percorso di ricerca artistica in solitario. Nel 2012 viene invitata a partecipare all’ International Symposium Display Holography presso il MIT.lab, come unica rappresentante italiana. In tale occasione viene a contatto con tutta la community internazionale olografica,  ed inizia a collaborare in particolare con l’artista olografo August Muth nel suo laboratorio  “The Light Foundry” a Santa Fe ( New Mexico, USA) dove tuttora svolge la sua attività artistica in duo con il nome Dora August.

Master of Arts degree in HUMANITIES, “La Sapienza” University of Rome (Italy) 1995.


August Muth (b. 1955 in Albuquerque, New Mexico)

For more than 30 years Muth has been an internationally exhibiting artist and a pioneer in the exploration of light through holography.  His interest in light began at the age of 16 when he began making large water-filled glass prisms, which he used to refract prismatic light upon his family’s garage door.  In 1973 he left Albuquerque to work as a jewelry maker in Aspen, Colorado, where he became captivated by the light of opals and diamonds.  Upon returning to Albuquerque the following year, he began his studies in art and physics at the University of New Mexico, and later continued at the University of Houston, and the University of Texas at Austin.

Muth moved to New York City in 1978 to begin walking the path as an artist.  In 1980 he began his holographic exploration at The Museum Of Holography in Soho under Fred Unterseher.  He relocated to the Telluride, Colorado area in 1985 to build his first holographic studio, and spent the next 7 years honing his skills in the Denisyuk single-beam holography technique.  During this time his interest in the relationship between light, space, and time intensified, requiring a studio expansion.  In 1994 his studio was reimagined and constructed in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

In Santa Fe the desire to produce larger holograms became a priority, and for the next several years he spent thousands of hours developing techniques in this quest.  Trial and failure became a large part of his practice since large-scale single-beam holograms had never been produced by anyone previously.  After a pivotal insight which resulted in the discarding and total metamorphosis of previously learned processes, he was able to create holograms in a greater scale.  Muth continues to produce works exploring the light-space-time continuum in his Santa fe, New Mexico studio.

Light is the faithful archivist of time.