Erwin Hauer Bio: Erwin Hauer, Austrian born sculptor, began, in the 50’s, to explore infinite continuous surfaces. From these, perforated modular structures developed that lent themselves to architectural usage. He continued to develop these patented designs along with the technology to produce them, and installed the modular, light diffusing walls in buildings throughout the United States and seven other countries. These designs are listed in Domus 1928-1999 among the quintessential works of modernism. His sculptures are in numerous museums and collections. At the invitation of Josef Albers, Hauer joined the Yale Faculty in 1957 and taught there until 1990. He continues to work as independent sculptor, and also as a designer in partnership with Enrique Rosado, in Bethany, Connecticut. In 2004, as Princeton Architectural Press published Erwin Hauer : Continua architectural walls and screens, Hauer teamed up with Rasado to adapt his Continua for production by digital means. There biggist joint project so far is a 25’ high, indoor / outdoor, limestone bas-relief wall (design 306) for Centria, 18 W 48th Street, a new residential high-rise at Rockefeller Center.
Photos were taken by Ajmal Aqtash during a rare studio visit in May 07′. You can see more from that visit on our flickr page.
Erwin Hauer timeline
1926 Born in Vienna, Austria
1953 MFA in sculpture, Academy of Applied Art, Vienna
1954 – 1955 Academia di Brera, Milan, Italy
1955 Moved to USA on Fulbright Grant
1955 – 1956 Rhode Island School of Design, fellowship
1956 – 1957 Yale University, post-graduate
2002 ”Vital Forms”, Brooklyn Museum of Art
1981 University of Connecticut, Storrs, 1981, one-man
1968 ”Structured Sculpture”, Galerie Chalette, New York
1966 ”Inside Outside”, Smith College, MA
1964 ”Tectonic Sculpture”, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh & Yale University
1961 ”Structured Sculpture”, Galerie Chalette, New York