Fred Sandback prints from the 1970s
at Lawrence Markey
San Antonio, TX
opening Thursday September 10, 5–7 p.m.
through October 16, 2015
Lawrence Markey is pleased to announce the exhibition Fred Sandback prints from the 1970’s.
Sculptor Fred Sandback (1943–2003) has been an integral part of the gallery’s program since he was the subject of
our first one person exhibition in 1990 (in New York). This exhibition is our tenth solo presentation of work by Fred
Sandback, and the first to focus exclusively on Sandback’s graphic print works.
Sandback’s printed work includes etching and lithography, linocut, wood engraving and silkscreen prints.
Sandback’s prints often use his own sculptures as points of reference, allowing for an extended study of sculptural
variations in space. However, as Richard Field noted, Sandback’s prints are “independent works with a life of their
own, functioning on their own terms.”*
Printmaking was a technical challenge Sandback embraced; a tactile and physical process that could adapt well to
delicate and precise imagery. Through various printmaking techniques Sandback explored nuanced properties of line.
Sharp and precise lines in early silkscreens and etchings gave way to porous, more permeable lines in lithographs.
Sandback’s prints reveal an artist fully engaged with the subjective qualities-color, texture, scale, and figure/ground
relationships-accessible in graphic media. While space is a unifying motif through all of Sandback’s work, his
endeavors in printmaking present an insightful counterpoint to his sculptural interventions.
* Fred Sandback Sculpture, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven and Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, 1991.