Aspects: Fred Sandback's Sculpture


ACLS Fellowship Program


History of Art and Architecture


Fred Sandback, 1943–2003, made sculpture between the concrete objecthood of minimal art and the material slightness of conceptualism. This book is the first complete study of Sandback’s work, and approaches his practice as a radical mixture of observation and measured physical intervention that not only unsettles traditional understandings of sculptural presence, but also stages an ethics of interaction between viewer and object. Arguing that Sandback’s practice reorients our understanding of sculptural materiality, this project posits Sandback’s work as a ghostlike, spectral presence that operates historically and critically to recast the terms of sculptural experience and material presence in creating physical situations that model a way of being in the world.