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Fred Sandback, Untitled (Sculptural Study, Four-Part Mikado Construction), ca. 1991/2011, acrylic yarn, dimensions variable.

Fred Sandback

David Zwirner | 519 West 19th Street

Fred Sandback, Untitled (Sculptural Study, Four-Part Mikado Construction), ca. 1991/2011, acrylic yarn, dimensions variable.

An elegantly daunting obstacle course for oafs and claustrophobes alike, this spare, cerebral selection of works drawn from more than four decades of the late Fred Sandback’s career served to burnish the artist’s already substantial reputation as a master of subtle spatial drama. It will, of course, be no mystery to anyone who’s encountered Sandback’s work why klutzes would do well to steer clear: His delicate strands of colored yarn—magically anchored to various points on the floor, ceiling, or wall and cutting across the intervening air like fuzzy laser beams crisscrossing a high-security vault—are wonders of both fragility and force, simultaneously enticing and denying the haptic (go ahead, try not to touch one). It’s this same materio-spatial ambiguity that makes the environments they occupy so vexing for those wary of close quarters: The thin lines of what the artist

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