SEPTEMBER 9–OCTOBER 22, 2011
MCA Denver dedicated its entire building to the acrylic yarn sculptures of American artist Fred Sandback (1943–2003), which he conceived over the course of his career. Sandback’s sculptures relied upon the most minute of gestures, colored yarn strung taut to bifurcate rooms and create shapes—yet they seemed to articulate monumental ideas about how we perceive and experience space. Conceived as a counterpart to MCA Denver’s previous exhibition Another Victory Over the Sun, which blacked out all natural light from the building, allowing the art to stand out against the architecture, this exhibition worked with the museum’s architecture in an entirely opposite way. Sandback’s work shed light on the museum’s spaces with its own minimal, physical presence. Approaching invisibility or immateriality, Sandback’s sculptures were as bare and refined as is materially possible, but they defined, cut, molded, shaped, re-oriented and divided the space. His work was nothing but string–and everything that surrounded it.
This exhibition was co-curated by Nora Burnett Abrams and Adam Lerner.
This exhibition was sponsored in part by MCA Denver’s Director’s Vision Society members and we would like to recognize Mike & Amber Fries, Mary Caulkins, and Scott Miller & Tim Gill for their leadership funding. Further support is provided by our 2011 Gala Sponsor: Bart Spaulding. MCA Denver would like to thank the citizens of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District for their support.
image: Fred Sandback. Untitled (Sculptural Study, Two-part Vertical Construction), 1986–2008.