Tom Sachs

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Tom Sachs was born in Manhattan in 1966 and grew up in Westport, Connecticut. He currently lives and works in New York. After studying at the Architectural Association in London in 1987, Sachs received a BA from Bennington College in Vermont in 1989. Major solo exhibitions have been presented at SITE Santa Fe, NM (1999); the Bohen Foundation, New York (2002); Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (2003); the Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo (2006); the Fondazione Prada, Milan (2006); the Des Moines Art Center, IA, which traveled to the Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, MA (2007); the Lever House, New York (2008); and the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT (2009). Sachs’ work was featured at the 2011 Bienal de São Paulo in “In the Name of the Artists - American Contemporary Art from the Astrup Fearnley Collection.” In 2012, Sachs’ major interactive exhibition, “SPACE PROGRAM: MARS,” was co-presented by Creative Time and Park Avenue Armory in New York. In 2013, Sachs’ Barbie Slave Ship installation was featured in the 12th Lyon Biennale. A retrospective of Sachs’ boombox sculptures was presented at The Contemporary Austin (2015) and a version of it traveled to The Brooklyn Museum (2016). In 2016, The Noguchi Museum hosted a solo exhibition of Sachs’ work – the first by an artist other than Noguchi himself. The exhibition traveled to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in an expanded form as “Tom Sachs: Space Program 3.0: Europa” (2016-17). In September 2017, the exhibition traveled to the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas. Sachs’ work can be found in important collections worldwide including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Crystal Bridges, Bentonville, Arkansas; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and Fondazione Prada, Milan. Sachs has had solo exhibitions at Sperone Westwater in 2004, 2008, 2011, and 2017. 

 

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Tom Sachs
Mini Geo Hab, 2012
mixed media
30 x 16 x 16 inches (76,2 x 40,6 x 40,6 cm)
26 x 18 x 18 inches (66 x 45,7 x 45,7 cm) pedestal
SW 12382

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Tom Sachs
Dome, 2011
synthetic polymer paint & thermal adhesive on card board, resin & carbon fiber
51 x 25 1/4 x 31 inches (130 x 64 x 78,7 cm) chair
SW 11136

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Tom Sachs
Tibet, 2008
synthetic polymer paint on plywood
78 x 101 1/2 inches (198,2 x 257,8 cm)
SW 09238

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Tom Sachs
Chair, 2009
fiberglass and epoxy resin on IKEA furniture particleboard
30 1/8 x 15 1/8 x 15 1/8 inches (76,5 x 38,4 x 38,4 cm)
SW 11357

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Tom Sachs
James Brown's Last Supper, 2009
mixed media
68 x 42 x 22 1/2 inches (172,7 x 106,7 x 57,2 cm)
SW 11137

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Tom Sachs
Telegram, 2009
goldleaf, pyrography and synthetic polymer paint on plywood
74 3/4 x 86 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches (190 x 220,4 x 17 cm)
SW 09237
Collection of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR

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Tom Sachs
Muhammad Ali Poem to James Brown, 2009
synthetic polymer paint and pyrography on wood
96 x 72 x 5 1/4 inches (243,8 x 182,8 x 13,3 cm)
SW 09206

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Tom Sachs
Hours of Devotion, 2008
pyrography, wood and gold leaf
49 x 47 x 5 1/4 inches (124,5 x 119,4 x 13,3 cm)
SW 08094

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Tom Sachs
Miffy Fountain, 2008
cast silicon bronze, paint and water
108 (h) x 48(w) x 48(d) inches, bronze
125 x 102 x 102 inches (317,5 x 259 x 259 cm) overall

Edition of 5
SW 08125

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Tom Sachs
Trojan, 2008
Cast silicon bronze and photo-etching, Patina: ammonium sulfide
88 x 30 x 18 inches (223,5 x 76,2 x 45,7 cm)
Edition of 5
SW 08132
Collection of The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo

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Tom Sachs
Interstate, 2008
Cast silicon bronze and photo-etching, Patina: ammonium sulfide
71 1/2 x 17 3/4 x 19 1/4 inches (181,6 x 45 x 48,9 cm)

Edition of 5
SW 08130

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Tom Sachs
Connecticut, 2007
pyrography on wood
64 x 96 x 3 inches (162,6 x 243,8 x 7,6 cm)
SW 08050

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Tom Sachs
LaGuardia, 2006-2007
mixed media sculpture
99 1/8 x 51 3/4 x 52 inches (251,8 x 131,5 x 132,1 cm)
SW 07129
The Goetz Collection, Munich, Germany

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Tom Sachs
Untitled (Jimmy Jazz Gun), 2005
mixed media
58 1/4 x 24 1/4 x 18 inches (148 x 61,6 x 45,7 cm)
SW 13178

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Tom Sachs
McDonald's Stock Certificate (large version), 2004
synthetic polymer on wood panel
90 x 66 inches (228,6 x 167,6 cm)
SW 04184

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Tom Sachs
Uncle Door, 2004
wood, steel
83 1/4 x 48 1/2 x 24 inches (211,5 x 123,2 x 61 cm)
SW 04141
Collection of The New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT

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Tom Sachs
London Calling, 2000-2004
mixed media
78 x 78 inches (198,1 x 198,1 cm)
78 x 144 x 32 inches (198,1 x 365,7 x 81,3 cm) overall
SW 04130
Astrup Fearnley Collection, Oslo, Norway

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Tom Sachs
McDonald's Study, 2003
mixed media
62 1/2 x 51 x 12 3/4 in. (158.8 x 129.5 x 32.4 cm.)
SW 03094
The Goetz Collection, Munich, Germany

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Tom Sachs
Nutsy's 1:1 McDonald's, 2002
plywood, steel synthetic polymer, refrigerator, freezer, grill, friolator, blower,fluorescent lights,
pin-spot light, acrylic boxes, foamcore, thermal adhesive, casters, solenoids,
13 empty Jack Daniel's whiskey bottles for rendered fat, 3 electric pumps, linoleum tile, heat lamp,
12-guage shotgun cartridges, photocopier, plastic paper, duct tape, Sharpie, pine wood, vinyl tubing, Icerette ice maker
243,8 x 188 x 182,9 cm
Astrup Fearnley Collection, Oslo, Norway

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Tom Sachs
LAV A2, 1999
mixed media and foam core construction
91 x 41 x 41 inches (231,1 x 104,1 x 104,1 cm)
SW 00161
Astrup Fearnley Collection, Oslo, Norway

Artist exhibitions

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Tom Sachs
Objects of Devotion
5 September - 28 October 2017
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Territories
29 June - 4 August 2017
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Space and Matter
29 June - 31 July 2015
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Signs/Words
15 January - 11 April 2015
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Summer Sculpture
8 July - 15 August 2014
Sperone Westwater, New York
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White Marble & Paint
From the Antiquity to Now
21 February - 9 March 2014
Reformierte Dorfkirche, St. Moritz
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Signs/Words
24 May 2013 - 13 July 2013
Sperone Westwater, Lugano
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Portraits / Self-Portraits from the 16th to the 21st Century
12 January - 25 February 2012
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Tom Sachs
WORK
4 November - 17 December 2011
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Tom Sachs
Animals
8 May - 21 June 2008
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Tom Sachs
Connecticut
6 May - 5 June 2004
Sperone Westwater, New York
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American Bricolage
2 November - 22 December 2000
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Recent Acquisitions
Biggs, Bogin, Kortick, Nahas, Reeves, Rockman, Sachs
December 1998
Sperone Westwater, New York

Artist press

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Tom Sachs Brings His Boomboxes to Austin
by Alexandra Wolfe
2 January 2015
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Doing Just the Right Wrong Thing: An Interview with Tom Sachs
by Robert Enright and Meeka Walsh.
June 2014
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Tom Sachs
Shelter Serra
November 2012 - January 2013
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Tom Sachs: Park Avenue Armory
by Jeffrey Kastner
October 2012
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Tom Sachs
by Jonathan T.D. Neil
June 2012
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Man on a Mission
by Linda Yablonsky
17 March 2012
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You Better Work
by Carlo McCormick
November 2011
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A Crass Managerie
by Brian Boucher
September 2008
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Press Kit