Cloth $50.00 ISBN: 9780226407906 Published January 2018
E-book $50.00 Available for pre-order. ISBN: 9780226408064 Will Publish January 2018


Fred Sandback's Sculpture

Edward A. Vazquez


Edward A. Vazquez

240 pages | 30 color plates, 46 halftones | 8 1/2 x 10 | © 2017
Cloth $50.00 ISBN: 9780226407906 Published January 2018
E-book $50.00 ISBN: 9780226408064 Will Publish January 2018

Stretching lengths of yarn across interior spaces, American artist Fred Sandback (1943–2003) created expansive works that underscore the physical presence of the viewer. This book, the first major study of Sandback, explores the full range of his art, which not only disrupts traditional conceptions of material presence, but also stages an ethics of interaction between object and observer.

Drawing on Sandback’s substantial archive, Edward A. Vazquez demonstrates that the artist’s work—with all its physical slightness and attentiveness to place, as well as its relationship to minimal and conceptual art of the 1960s—creates a link between viewers and space that is best understood as sculptural even as it almost surpasses physical form. At the same time, the economy of Sandback’s site-determined practice draws viewers’ focus to their connection to space and others sharing it. As Vazquez shows, Sandback’s art aims for nothing less than a total recalibration of the senses, as the spectator is caught on neither one side nor the other of an object or space, but powerfully within it.

Introduction | Placing the Object
Chapter One | “Notes” on Objects, Environments, and Actualities
Chapter Two | Space Dawning: Artists’ Books and Sculptural Variations
Chapter Three | Seeing Through
Chapter Four | Dissolving the Object
Coda | Beacon’s Shadows
Review Quotes
Alex Potts, author of The Sculptural Imagination
"Aspects: Fred Sandback's Sculpture offers by far the fullest and most illuminating analysis we have of Fred Sandback's spare and subtly experimental work. It gives the reader a new awareness of his sculpture’s fascinating capacity to reconfigure space in suggestive but also intangible ways through the finely calculated placement of a few lines of thread. It also offers important insights into how this almost weightless, linear sculpture differs from drawing as conventionally understood, and as practiced by Sandback himself. Vazquez's very compelling study of the subtleties and complexities of Sandback's work succeeds in situating the artist as one of the leading figures in the radical redefinition of the nature of sculpture that took place in the 1960s and 1970s."
Stephen Melville, coauthor of Writing Art History
"Aspects is a closely observed, phenomenologically oriented account of Sandback's work that also places it in close and carefully considered dialogue with a considerable range of relevant critical and artistic work and that keeps its key terms in continuous, concrete contact with the work being explored. The result is impressive."
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