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Fred Sandback
Editioned Sculptures and Related Works on Paper

December 10, 2016 – January 21, 2017

Fred Sandback

Editioned Sculptures and Related Works on Paper

Fred Sandback would come to install an exhibition with a satchel of yarns, some tape and a few other supplies and tools.  His only request would be for a ladder and a chair.  He would sit in a space, try out some possibilities and slowly make his way to final decisions.  Some ideas would be brand new, while most others were either related to previous works in other exhibitions or ideas that he had sketched out either on paper or in yarn in his studios in New York or New Hampshire.

For Barbara Krakow Gallery, he made large scale sculptures in yarn for several solo and two-person exhibitions.  A number of times, he also presented his lesser-known, small scale, editioned sculptures.  At three points in his career, Fred had made works in small scale to be editions.  The first ones were in 1968 for Marian Goodman when she ran her company, Multiples.  Those works were in spring steel and painted elastic cord.  The second, now in yarn, were in 1974, and the last, also in yarn, were in 1994 (in a project initiated with Barbara Krakow Gallery).

The current exhibition at Barbara Krakow Gallery serves as a mini-survey of these editioned works.  The works show the breadth and depth of approaches Sandback used over the course of his life-long explorations.  As a supplement, a select group of works on paper accompany the sculptures to further enunciate the ideas and power of Sandback’s works.

Works In Exhibition

Untitled (black)

Fred Sandback Untitled (black) 1974 Black acrylic yarn

Edition of 5
Accompanied by a letter of authenticity
64 x 48 x 6 inches  (162.6 x 121.9 x 15.2 cm)
(Inventory #18909)

Variations for Gallery Heiner Friedrich

Fred Sandback Variations for Gallery Heiner Friedrich 1971 -1973 Set of eight silkscreens on yellow paper with cut edge

Image/paper size:  16 1/4 x 19 inches each  (41.3 x 48.3 cm each)
Frame size:  17 1/8 x 20 1/2 inches each  (43.5 x 52.1 cm each)
Edition of 50, plus 15 APs in Roman Numerals
Signed and dated ‘Sandback 71-3’ lower right, numbered lower left in graphite on each sheet
(Inventory #28167)

Blue Day-glo Corner Piece

Fred Sandback Blue Day-glo Corner Piece
1/32" Elastic Cord & Spring Steel

14 x 12 x 6 inches  (35.6 x 30.5 x 15.2 cm)
accompanied by certificate of authenticity
Edition of 25
The intention in 1968 was to do an edition of 25. Documentation shows that five of each were made in 1968. In the archives of the estate, labels (with edition numbers in Fred’s handwriting) were found for 7 of the blue, 7 of the orange, and 8 of the violet pieces. All the numbers between 6/25 – 18/25 cannot be verified by the estate. 4 artist’s proofs and one exhibition copy exist as well.
(Inventory #19081)


Untitled (Pink Triangle)

Fred Sandback Untitled (Pink Triangle) 1994 Pink acrylic yarn

19 5/8 x 19 5/8 x 19 5/8 inches  (50 x 50 x 50 cm)
Edition of 9
Signed master certificate, signed and dated, with all measurements exist in the file with record of collections
(Inventory #18265)


Fred Sandback Untitled 1990 Monoprint with chine collé on Rives BFK paper with deckled edge

Image size:  21 1/4 x 16 inches  (54 x 40.6 cm)

Paper size:  29 1/4 x 21 3/8 inches  (74.3 x 54.3 cm)

Signed and dated ‘Sandback 90’ lower right, ‘I/I’ lower left in graphite

(Inventory #28223)

Untitled (Vertical Wall Construction)

Fred Sandback Untitled (Vertical Wall Construction) 1994 Black acrylic yarn

54 inches high  (137.2 cm)
(29 inches from floor and 54 inches up the wall)
Edition of 9
Accompanied by a letter of authenticity
(Inventory #19068)


Fred Sandback Untitled 1987 Ink pochoir on Arches Satine

Image/paper size:  22 x 30 inches  (56 x 76.2 cm)
Frame size:  25 7/8 x 33 3/8 inches  (65.7 x 84.8 cm)
Edition of 20
Estate stamped
(Inventory #19330)