Frederick Lane Sandback (American, 1943-2003)

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Fred Sandback is best known for his work in sculpture, in which he used linear elements such as string to create compositions that engage with the space around them. Stretching lines of colored string across interior spaces and using the walls, ceiling and floors as central elements in his compositions, Sandback created a new and distinctive form of sculpture that emphasized the viewer’s experience of the space around them. Rather than having his sculpture take over a space, Sandback sought to have his work coexist with it. The sculpture itself was almost dematerialized, so that the lines of string suggested the boundaries of imaginary planes that would be filled in by the viewer’s own perceptual functions.

The shapes in this print echoes the characteristic forms of Sandback’s sculptures. He has used the white space of the page in a similar way to how he approached the context of an empty white gallery for his sculpture. The blue diagonal form suggests a line moving through space in an irregular u-shape, with the sharp angles conveying a sense of perspectival depth.

Sandback came to prominence during the height of American Minimalist movement in the mid-1960s. The spare forms of the current prints reflect the interest in reductive and elemental forms that characterized many other examples of Minimalist art.

Object Information

Frederick Lane Sandback (American, 1943-2003)
creation date
17 1/2 x 21 in.
mark descriptions
signed and dated in pencil, L.R.: Sandback 75 | inscribed in pencil, verso, L.R.: 110
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credit line
Gift of Dr. Steven Conant in memory of Mrs. H. L. Conant and in honor of Joan D. Weisenberger
© Frederick Sandback Archive
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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