Aspects: Fred Sandback's Sculpture by Edward A. VazquezAspects: Fred Sandback's Sculpture by Edward A. Vazquez

Aspects: Fred Sandback's Sculpture

byEdward A. Vazquez

Hardcover | January 2, 2018

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Stretching lengths of yarn across interior spaces, American artist Fred Sandback (1943–2003) created expansive works that underscore the physical presence of the viewer. This book, the first major study of Sandback, explores the full range of his art, which not only disrupts traditional conceptions of material presence, but also stages an ethics of interaction between object and observer.

Drawing on Sandback’s substantial archive, Edward A. Vazquez demonstrates that the artist’s work—with all its physical slightness and attentiveness to place, as well as its relationship to minimal and conceptual art of the 1960s—creates a link between viewers and space that is best understood as sculptural even as it almost surpasses physical form. At the same time, the economy of Sandback’s site-determined practice draws viewers’ focus to their connection to space and others sharing it. As Vazquez shows, Sandback’s art aims for nothing less than a total recalibration of the senses, as the spectator is caught on neither one side nor the other of an object or space, but powerfully within it.
Edward A. Vazquez is associate professor in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at Middlebury College.
Title:Aspects: Fred Sandback's SculptureFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 10 × 8.5 × 0.9 inPublished:January 2, 2018Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:022640790X

ISBN - 13:9780226407906

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Table of Contents

Introduction | Placing the Object
Chapter One | “Notes” on Objects, Environments, and Actualities
Chapter Two | Space Dawning: Artists’ Books and Sculptural Variations
Chapter Three | Seeing Through
Chapter Four | Dissolving the Object
Coda | Beacon’s Shadows

Editorial Reviews

"Aspects is a closely observed, phenomenologically oriented account of Sandback's work that also places it in close and carefully considered dialogue with a considerable range of relevant critical and artistic work and that keeps its key terms in continuous, concrete contact with the work being explored. The result is impressive."