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Artist Fred Sandback will install work in UI Museum of Art

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A sculptural installation will be made from colored yarn by artist Fred Sandback in the North Gallery of the University of Iowa Museum of Art, where it will remain on display in the museum Nov. 16 through Jan. 12.

The Museum of Art will celebrate the opening of Sandback's site-specific installation 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16. The artist will be present at the opening, which will be free and open to the public.

In conjunction with the exhibition, museum director Stephen Prokopoff will give a talk, "What You Can Do With a Little String," as part of the weekly Perspectives series at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13 in the museum. Sandback will be available to discuss his work with the public at both events.

After receiving his Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale in 1969, Sandback quickly emerged as an important proponent of minimalism. That artistic movement is characterized by an effort to reduce the art-object to basic, essential forms; the use of industrial materials; and the relationship of the artwork to the surrounding exhibition space.

To create his sculptures, Sandback stretches yarn to define large, geometric forms. In keeping with the minimalist principle that art should not be separate from its environment, Sandback customizes each of his sculptures to the space in which it will be exhibited. His work, therefore, is not as much an exhibition as it is an opportunity for the viewer to walk through the sculpture and experience the relationships between edge and area, and between artwork and viewer.

Stephen Prokopoff, director of the Museum of Art, said: "Sandback's art is essentially an expression of sensibility rather than theory, an acutely and thoughtfully judged response to the environments in which his work is situated, and which it poetically alters."

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the museum is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots across from the museum on Riverside Drive, and adjacent to the UI Alumni Center, which is just north of the museum.