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Fred Sandback


Tue 17 Jun 2008–Thu 26 Jun 2008, 11:00am–5:30pm

Where: Jensen Gallery, Cnr McColl and Roxburgh St, Newmarket

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Fox Jensen Gallery

Jensen Gallery, Auckland will present a concentrated exhibition on the work of American artist Fred Sandback (1943-2003).

This is the first solo exhibition of Sandback’s work in Australasia, and follows the considerable focus that has developed around Sandback’s practice. This has come about since the major exhibition at Dia Center for the Arts, New York 1996-1997, which was followed in 2003 by the permanent installation of works at Dia:Beacon, Beacon, NY.

Most recently, a new monograph on Sandback’s work was published on the occasion of a survey exhibition, which toured to three European museums.

The Jensen Gallery exhibition includes major paper works and sculptures, notably Untitled 1973, a major wood relief dating from 2003 - many of which are shown here for the first time.

Sandback’s sculptures consist of coloured acrylic yarn or elastic cord stretched between the planes of existing architecture. His poetic, yet minimal, vocabulary carves and insinuates itself within the viewers’ space at both a visceral and physical level whilst releasing his poetic drawings into the ether of fictional or imagined space.

Against a tide of more materially obdurate, minimalist practice, "Sandback showed humility of means – a means that liberated his practice. Thomas McEvilley states that this results in “enabled the artist to elaborate on the phenomenological experiences of space and volumes with unwavering consistency and ingenuity.”

McEvilley also notes, “like a patient and conscientious researcher Sandback made his way through the world of art and space by careful and precise steps - yet found a route that was peculiarly his own and has a certain claim to uniqueness in his overall idea of a sculpture with no inside, no relationship between surface and interior.”

The work of Fred Sandback has been exhibited extensively in Europe and United States since the late 1960s. His first one-person exhibitions were at Galerie Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf, and Galerie Heiner Friedrich, Munich, both in 1968, while the artist was still a graduate student pursuing his MFA at the Yale School of Art and Architecture.

Through the patronage of the Dia Art Foundation, Sandback was able to create a museum of his work in Winchendon, Massachusetts, which was open to the public between 1981 and 1996.

His work is on permanent display at Dia:Beacon, NY and was the subject of a recent extensive survey exhibition organized by the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz (that travelled to the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh and the Neue Galerie, Graz).

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