Installation view of the exhibition Fred Sandback at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2010.

Fred Sandback

David Zwirner and Zwirner & Wirth will present the work of American artist Fred Sandback (1943-2003) in two concurrent exhibitions.

Sandback's sculptures outline 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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A black acrylic yarn sculpture by Fred Sandback, titled Untitled (Sculptural Study, Two-part Vertical Construction), circa 1986 and 2009.

Fred Sandback

Untitled (Sculptural Study, Two-part Vertical Construction), c. 1986/2008
Black acrylic yarn
Situational: spatial relationships established by the artist; overall dimensions vary with each installation
A detail view of a white and yellow acrylic yarn sculpture by Fred Sandback titled Untitled (Eighteen-part Leaning Construction), dated 1988.

Fred Sandback

Detail of Untitled (Eighteen-part Leaning Construction), 1988
White and yellow acrylic yarn
Dimensions vary with each installation

Fred Sandback was published on the occasion of two concurrent exhibitions at David Zwirner and Zwirner & Wirth, New York, which examined the broad scope of formal invention that the artist achieved within a defined idiom. The works documented here range from smaller-scale, metal and cord works from the late 1960s to constructions from the 1980s and 1990s that encompass entire rooms, thus demonstrating the artist’s signature vocabulary of forms in varied combinations and at different scales. This fully illustrated catalogue features over 35 plates and includes an essay by philosopher and art historian John Rajchman.

A black acrylic yarn sculpture by Fred Sandback, titled Untitled (Sculptural Study, Six-part Construction), circa 1977 and 2008.

Fred Sandback

Untitled (Sculptural Study, Six-part Construction), ca. 1977/2008
Black acrylic yarn
Situational: spatial relationships established by the artist; overall dimensions vary with each installation
An untitled drawing by Fred Sandback, dated 1975.

Fred Sandback

Untitled, 1975
Pencil and blue crayon on paper
9 x 11 3/4 inches (22.9 x 29.8 cm)

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