Fred Sandback was born in 1943 in Bronxville, New York. After receiving a BA in philosophy at Yale University, he studied sculpture at Yale School of Art and Architecture. In 1981 the Dia Art Foundation initiated and maintained a museum of Sandback’s work, the Fred Sandback Museum in Winchendon, Massachusetts, which was open until 1996. His work is permanently on view at Dia:Beacon. Sandback died in 2003. A complete exhibition history and bibliography is available online at


Sandback is known for sculptures that outlined planes and volumes in space. Though he employed metal wire and elastic cord early in his career, the artist soon dispensed with mass and weight by using acrylic yarn to create works that address their physical surroundings, the “pedestrian space,” as Sandback called it, of everyday life. By stretching lengths of yarn horizontally, vertically, or diagonally at different scales and in varied configurations, the artist developed a singular body of work that elaborated on the phenomenological experience of space and volume with unwavering consistency and ingenuity.

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