Fred Sandback was born in 1943 in Bronxville, New York. After receiving a BA in philosophy at Yale University, he studied sculpture at Yale School of Art and Architecture. In 1981 the Dia Art Foundation initiated and maintained a museum of Sandback's work, the Fred Sandback Museum in Winchendon, Massachusetts, which was open until 1996. His work is permanently on view at Dia:Beacon. Known for sculptures that outline imaginary planes and volumes in space with coloured yarn, Sandback’s work is informed by a rigorously minimal artistic vocabulary.

Sandback's yarn/wire/string sculptures define edges of virtual shapes that ask the viewer's brain to perceive the rest of the form. In that way his work can be considered visionary or imaginative, as well as minimal and literal. Indeed Sandback was fond of installing "corner" pieces whose shadows assist with this form completion process. In describing his work he stated, "It's a consequence of wanting the volume of sculpture without the opaque mass that I have the lines." and "I did have a strong gut feeling from the beginning though, and that was wanting to be able to make sculpture that didn't have an inside."

Current exhibitions featuring Fred Sandback's work:

If We Could Imagine. Glenstone, Potomac, Maryland.
March 2009-December 2010

Color Forms. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC.
March 8, 2010-February 2011.

Fred Sandback. Instituto Moreira Salles, Rio de Janeiro, August 10-October 24;
Instituto Moreira Salles, Sao Paulo, August 17-October 24, 2010.

Fred Sandback. Galerie Hubert Winter, Vienna.
September 17-November 13, 2010.

Fred Sandback, Sculpture and works on Paper. Davis Museum and Cultural Center,
Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts. October 6, 2010-March 6, 2011.