Fred Sandback - Contemporary Art Part I New York Wednesday, November 11, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Estate of Fred Sandback; Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago

  • Catalogue Essay

    "Simplicity of form is not necessarily simplicity of experience,"
    (Robert Morris, Minimal Art, Cologne, 2006, p. 78).
    "Sandback’s quiet gestures and unassuming, infinitely portable materials yield vibrant presences that shift between the ephemeral and the permanent. With a line and thin air, he brings a perceptual field into being, making a place from hitherto undefined space. In this quest to offer the viewer a sense of place, Sandback expresses the mythic need for orientation in the boundless universe and gives form to the inquiries that have preoccupied philosophers since antiquity. His art echoes Aristotle’s topos, a placespace, and Martin Heidegger’s yearning for ‘a dwelling for man in the midst of things,’" (S. Delehanty, Fred Sandback: Sculpture, Seattle, 1991, p. 13).

  • Artist Biography

    Fred Sandback

    American • 1943 - 2003

    There is more than meets the eye with the work of Fred Sandback. Employing a particularly unique material, acrylic yarn, the artist created architectural works by attaching yarn to surfaces and stretching it taut from floor to ceiling. The open space and surprising dimensions achieved by his pieces allow viewers to interact with them and complete them with their own imagination.

    By studying alongside such fellow Minimalists as Robert Morris and Donald Judd, Sandback developed the conceptual, uncluttered method for which he is known.

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Untitled (Leaning Vertical Construction)


Four strands of black acrylic yarn.

109 5/8 x 9 in. (278.4 x 22.9 cm).

This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the estate and numbered Fred Sandback Estate Number 2100.

$80,000 - 120,000 

Contemporary Art Part I

12 Nov 2009
New York