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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.
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.