Fred Sandback

Fred Sandback
Long-term view, Dia Beacon

This new short film produced by the Dia Art Foundation highlights Fred Sandback’s works currently on long-term view at Dia Beacon, and features the voices of Dia's associate curator Matilde Guidelli-Guidi, as well as Facilities and Fabrication Manger, Curtis Harvey, who worked with Sandback on the original installation of these works at Dia Beacon twenty years ago.

Support provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies. Video by SandenWolff.

Special thanks to Amy Sandback and David Gray
© 2022 Dia Art Foundation
All artwork and text by Fred Sandback © 2022 Fred Sandback Archive

Written by Edward A. Vazquez, Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at Middlebury College, and published by the University of Chicago Press, Aspects: Fred Sandback’s Sculpture is the first comprehensive monograph to have been published about the artist. For Alex Potts, author of The Sculptural Imagination, this publication is "by far the fullest and most illuminating analysis we have of Fred Sandback's spare and subtly experimental work."

Related event:

Friday February 2, 6–8 PM
Edward A. Vazquez joined Courtney J. Martin, Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Dia Art Foundation, to discuss Sandback's artists' books in relation to his sculptural practice. Exhibition copies of the four publications Sandback produced in his lifetime were on view during the event.

June 15 – September 15

Pedestrian Space was the first exhibition in ten years of Fred Sandback's work in France. The title refers to the "pedestrian space," as Sandback called it, of everyday life, which the artist explored in sculptures made by stretching lengths of yarn horizontally, vertically, or diagonally to outline planes and volumes in space.The exhibition featured six sculptures made between 1970 and 2002, a series of prints from 1976 entitled Four Variations of Two Diagonal Lines, and a selection of drawings.

This body of work is the focus of the publication Fred Sandback: Vertical Constructions, which includes texts by Yve-Alain Bois, David Gray, and Lisa Le Feuvre. Published by David Zwirner Books

A photograph of the cover of the book, Fred Sandback: Decades, dated 2013.

David Zwirner and Radius Books published Fred Sandback: Decades on the occasion of the artist's 2012 exhibition at the New York gallery. The show presented sculptures and drawings spanning 1969 to 2000, representing each decade of Sandback's career. The publication featues an illustrated chronology from 1968 to 2008, with selected biographical and bibliographical material, as well as new scholarship on Sandback by art historian James Lawrence.

An installation view of a sculpture by Fred Sandback at Dia:Beacon, original sculpture dated 1979.

Fred Sandback designed an installation of works from throughout his career that is on permanent view at the Dia Art Foundation in Beacon, New York. Sandback adjusted the works for the space and their relation to one another, slightly changing measurements, proportions, and the hue of the yarn.

The Dia Art Foundation is committed to advancing, realizing, and preserving the vision of artists. Part of its mission is fulfilled by the realization of long-term installations like Sandback's.

Pictured below: Installation view of Fred Sandback's work at Dia:Beacon, New York

Installation view of Fred Sandback’s Untitled (Ten-part Vertical Construction), at Casa Antonio Gálvez, Mexico City, dated 2016.

The Americas Society in New York hosts a book launch and panel discussion for Luis Barragán, Fred Sandback: Las propiedades de la luz/The Properties of Light.

Thursday, November 1, 6:30 PM (registration required)

This publication records the 2016 installations of Sandback sculptures in the Barragán-designed Casa Luis Barragán, Casa Antonio Gálvez, Cuadra San Cristóbal, and Casa Gilardi in Mexico City. Organized in collaboration with Proyectos Monclova, these installations brought together the work of the artist and the Pritzker Prize–winning architect, both of whom considered the properties of light and color to be central to their practices. The book features texts by Daniel Garza Usabiaga, artistic director of Zona Maco, and Federica Zanco, Barragán Foundation director, with contributions by architect Roger Duffy, artist Amavong Panya, curator Lilian Tone, and art historian Edward Vazquez, whose Aspects: Fred Sandback’s Sculpture, released last year, is the first comprehensive study on the artist. Moderated by Polina Stroganova, director of Proyectos Monclova, the panel features Duffy, Tone, and Vazquez.

Comparing Sandback’s approach with the work of architects in an Artforum review of Fred Sandback: Vertical Constructions at David Zwirner New York in 2016, Julian Rose wrote, "Architects draw in space in order to bring it under control, shaping it so that we may better orient ourselves in relation to our surroundings—Sandback, by contrast, wove his lines through space to activate it, and to remind us of our own role in helping bring it to life."

Currently on view at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City, New Jersey, Fred Sandback: Sculpture presents works dating from 1967 to 1982.

Image: Installation view of Fred Sandback’s Untitled (Ten-part Vertical Construction) (1997) at Casa Antonio Gálvez, Mexico City, 2016. © 2018 Barragán Foundation, Switzerland/SOMAAP. Artwork © 2018 Fred Sandback Archive. Photo by Moritz Bernoully. Courtesy Proyectos Monclova

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