Fred Sandback64 Three–Part Pieces
Fred Sandback 64 Three-Part Pieces presented an important early series of sixty-four sculptures by Fred Sandback, with each sculpture comprised of three lines of yarn stretched individually across three adjacent spaces. The Pulitzer’s exhibition marked the U.S. debut of the work, which had not been shown since its 1975 premiere in Munich. Installed in one of the Pulitzer’s new gallery spaces and organized by Tamara H. Schenkenberg, Associate Curator, this exhibition included twenty sculptures—the most ever shown in the series—with a new sculpture installed each week. Sandback’s drawings depicting all sixty-four sculptures were also on view, along with never-before-exhibited preparatory sketches of the work.
Tamara H. Schenkenberg
Fred Sandback’s 64 Three-Part Pieces sets up a dialogue between line and space that invites the viewer to enter into the conversation. Sandback achieves this by placing each of the sixty-four sculptures into three separate and self-contained rooms. This defining feature means that the work comes into view only after the visitor begins to traverse the gallery. This kinetic viewing engages both the eye and the body. It generates an aggregation of views, leading the eye to multiple perspectives that do not settle into a single, privileged vantage. With the inauguration of new galleries in Pulitzer Arts Foundation’s Tadao Ando-designed building, the installation of Sandback’s work creates the conditions for an evolving understanding of the new space and the ways in which we are invited to inhabit it.
[excerpted from the exhibition catalogue; please click here for complete essay]