New York

Fred Sandback

Marian Goodman Gallery | New York

Fred Sandback’s presence has been recognized for a decade and a half, a period during which he has exhibited frequently and widely but relatively little has been written about him. His work, and to some extent his own terse, hard-to-argue-with statements about it, have been efficient prophylactics against verbal excess. His pieces, he says, are not illusionistic. Indeed, simple linear geometries on paper or in space, realized with metal rods or colored string, offer few illusions, and in fact belie the usual equations made between horizontals and landscape, verticals and the figure. Nor, he says, are they environmental. Three-dimensional drawings have the weight of ideas, not of objects, and Sandback’s do not alter interiors but underline them in various, always subtle ways. The combined physical and visual stress of the six 1967 projects shown here was very slight; the gallery’s rudimentary

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