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(1943 – 2003), United States

Fred Sandback Biography

Fred Sandback (1943-2003) was an American artist known for sculptures that outlined planes and volumes in space. Though he employed metal wire and elastic cord early in his career, the artist soon dispensed with mass and weight by using acrylic yarn to create works that address their physical surroundings, the “pedestrian space,” as Sandback called it, of everyday life. By stretching lengths of yarn horizontally, vertically, or diagonally at different scales and in varied configurations, the artist developed a singular body of work that elaborated on the phenomenological experience of space and volume with unwavering consistency and ingenuity.

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Sandback’s work has been exhibited internationally since the late 1960s. His first solo shows were held at Galerie Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf and Galerie Heiner Friedrich, Munich, both in 1968 while the artist was still a graduate student pursuing his MFA at the Yale School of Art and Architecture. His work is on permanent display at Dia:Beacon, New York, and was the subject of an extensive survey organized in 2005 by the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz (which traveled to the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh and the Neue Galerie am Joanneum, Graz, in 2006). In 2011, his work was featured in a solo exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, dedicated its entire building to a solo exhibition of his work.

Sandback's work is represented in numerous public collections, including The Art Institute of Chicago; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.

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Untitled (from Twenty-two Constructions from 1967) by Fred Sandback contemporary artwork print
Fred Sandback Untitled (from Twenty-two Constructions from 1967), 1986 Lithograph on Japanese paper with cut edge
27.9 x 21.6 cm
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Untitled by Fred Sandback contemporary artwork print
Fred Sandback Untitled, 1975 Linoleum cut on Japanese paper with cut edge
44.5 x 53 cm
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Untitled (from Twenty-two Constructions from 1967) by Fred Sandback contemporary artwork print
Fred Sandback Untitled (from Twenty-two Constructions from 1967), 1986 Lithograph on Japanese paper with cut edge
21.6 x 27.9 cm
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Untitled by Fred Sandback contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Fred Sandback Untitled, 1991 pastel on arches paper
57.1 x 76.2 cm
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Untitled by Fred Sandback contemporary artwork drawing, mixed media
Fred Sandback Untitled, 1982 pastel on mylar
30.3 x 36.7 cm
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Untitled (The Second of Four Ultramarine Diagonals) by Fred Sandback contemporary artwork textile
Fred Sandback Untitled (The Second of Four Ultramarine Diagonals), 1974 Ultramarine acrylic yarn
332.7 x 0.3 x 0.3 cm
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Untitled (Corner Piece) by Fred Sandback contemporary artwork sculpture
Fred Sandback Untitled (Corner Piece), 1967 Grey elastic cord
45.7 x 172.4 x 45.7 cm
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Untitled by Fred Sandback contemporary artwork works on paper
Fred Sandback Untitled, 1992 Pencil and blue pastel on Arches Aquarelle paper
56.5 x 76.2 cm
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David Zwirner contemporary art gallery in New York: 19th Street, United States
David Zwirner Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris
Lisson Gallery contemporary art gallery in Lisson Street, London, United Kingdom
Lisson Gallery Beijing, London, Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai +1
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