Fred Sandback

In collaboration with the Estate of Fred Sandback, curated by Amy Sandback
22 Feb 2018 - 7 Jul 2018


Wednesday, 21 February 2018 from 6 pm to 9 pm


Monday – Friday 10 am-7 pm | Saturday by appointment

Located to:

Corso di Porta Nuova 38, 20121 Milano – Italy

Press Release

Seven sculptural works will be displayed in the spaces according to Sandback’s elegant yet minimal methods of spatial organization along with a large selection of rare and historical drawings that outline the evolution of the artist’s research. The American artist Fred Sandback (1943–2003) worked with elastic cord and acrylic yarn to delineate or bifurcate three-dimensional space, creating room-filling volumetric forms using the most minimal of means. The story of how Sandback began creating sculptures out of string is well documented by the artist and the historians. In 1966, George Sugarmann, in response to Sandback's frustrations with sculpture and sculptural practices, told him "Well if you are so sick of the parts, why not just make a line with a ball of string and be done with it". Following his first sculpture in string, Sandback realized that this material allowed him "to play with something existing and non existing at the same time”. By stretching single strands of yarn point-to-point to create geometric figures, Sandback’s near intangible objects nevertheless amounted to precise and subtle delineations of pictorial planes and architectural volumes. Despite this relationship to the built environment and to the practice of drawing, he became known primarily as a Minimalist sculptor, alongside such contemporaries as Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt and Carl Andre, but Sandback was also a forerunner of and a major influence on many of today’s installation artists. Born in Bronxville, New York in 1943, he attended Yale as an undergraduate, studying philosophy and sculpture (BA, 1966), and as a graduate student in art (MFA, 1969). His first solo gallery shows were in Germany in 1968, at Galerie Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf, and Galerie Heiner Friedrich, Munich. His first solo museum exhibitions took place in Europe at Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld, in 1969, and at the Kunsthalle Bern in 1973. His inaugural large-scale solo show in the US was at New York’s PS 1 in 1978. Solo exhibitions of his work include: ‘Fred Sandback: A Drawing Retrospective’, organised by the Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (2014); ‘When Attitudes Became Form: Bern 1969/Venice 2013’ at Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy (2013); Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2011), Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz, Liechtenstein (2005). Sandback’s work is on permanent display at Dia:Beacon, NY, USA.