The American Fred Sandback ( 1943–2003), regarded as one of the major sculptors of his generation, had from the beginning of his art career initially used drawings to formulate on paper his ideas of sculptural volumes. Soon he went from depicting isolated elements to thinking of sculpture in relationship to space and to exploring its possibilities on paper.
In the 1980s, Sandback expanded his drawing vocabulary to include work in acrylic, in the pochoir technique or in pastel, which look much more pictorial in contrast to his earlier works on paper. The issue was now less about conceiving sculptures and more about modulating space. As regards sculpture, Sandback no longer thought of it as a given spatial volume, but as a sensual phenomenon per se, which he explored in the drawing.
In his late drawings, Sandback moved away from the conditions of a coherent space in order to conceive of sculptures that are boundless from all sides. Only a specific section of the whole is intimated in the drawing, for which Sandback invented unusual techniques: actual incisions instead of drawn lines, for instance, or painterly traces on transparent film.
This publication of Sandback–s drawings assembles works from over thirty years, supplemented by sculpture.