About the artist
b. 1943 in Bronxville, New York, USA
d. 2003 in New York, NY, USA
Fred Sandback’s sculptural work addresses its physical surrounding while dispensing with mass and weight. Employing elastic cord and acrylic yarn, Sandback would delineate divide and outline volumes and pictorial planes in what he described as the “pedestrian space” of everyday life. Stretching lengths of yarn in ingenuous and calculated ways, he devised geometric forms in space and created nearly intangible architectures. His minimalist sculptures constitute a form of drawing in space. Along with artists such as Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt and Carl Andre, he was a forerunner of Minimalism. Yet in spite of the matter-of-fact artistic statements that often frame his artistic practice, his work has been said to conjure up lyrical to architecture, painting, sculpture and even music, given his early fascination for stringed musical instruments.