Mana Contemporary presents Fred Sandback: Sculpture. The exhibition comprises works by American artist Fred Sandback dating from 1967–1982, including a series of early corner sculptures in metal rod and elastic cord from 1969 and later acrylic yarn works determined by their architectural surroundings. Sandback was known for sculptures that outlined planes and volumes in space, and after using metal wire and elastic cord early in his career, soon began using stretched yarn to make works that address what he called the "pedestrian space" of everyday life. They fundamentally alter the architectural character of the spaces they inhabit, the material’s simple presence allowing the spaces between the lines to acquire an unexpected visibility.
Fred Sandback was born in Bronxville, New York, in 1943 and died in New York City in 2003. His first solo exhibitions were held at Galerie Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf, and Galerie Heiner Friedrich, Munich, both in 1968, while the artist was still pursuing his MFA at the Yale School of Art and Architecture. Sandback’s work is on permanent display at Dia:Beacon, New York, and was the subject of a major survey organized in 2005 by the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz, which toured to the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh and the Neue Galerie am Joanneum, Graz, in 2006. In 2011, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, dedicated its entire building to a solo exhibition of his work.
In 2014, Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland, hosted the first major retrospective of Sandback's drawings, which subsequently traveled to Germany to the Josef Albers Museum Quadrat Bottrop and Museum Wiesbaden. In 2016, a major retrospective exhibition, Fred Sandback: Light, Space, Facts, was on view at Glenstone, Potomac, Maryland. Sandback's work is represented in numerous public collections, including those of the Art Institute of Chicago; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.