New York

Fred Sandback

John Weber Gallery

Fred Sandback’s Sixteen 2-Part Pieces took place in the small room at the Weber Gallery. Sixteen times the artist changed the location of two taut, dark pieces of yarn that crossed the room from wall to wall. He had planned in advance where the lines should run on a diagram in the Gallery office. I saw the first couple of pieces, and my feelings went something like this. After I saw the diagrammatic drawing, I think I grasped the principle. Then I saw the first variation and that confirmed the feeling that I had the news already. The next variation was evidence of the punctiliousness of the artist, or of somebody acting for him (what’s the difference?), but I felt no increase in the input of information concerning Sandback’s work. Seeing the pieces enacted did not add to the artist’s clear initial statement of purpose.

What I liked about the pieces, and I feel I can speak about them all

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