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Tom Sachs

geometric habitat with American flag and Yoda figurine in doorway

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). It then traveled to the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas (2017-18) and is currently on view at the Tokyo Opera City Gallery until 23 June 2019. 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

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

Tom Sachs

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

Tom Sachs

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

Tom Sachs

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

Tom Sachs

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

Tom Sachs

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

Tom Sachs

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

Tom Sachs

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

Tom Sachs

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

Tom Sachs

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

Tom Sachs

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

Tom Sachs

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

Tom Sachs

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

Tom Sachs

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

Tom Sachs

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

Tom Sachs

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

Tom Sachs

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

Tom Sachs

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

Tom Sachs

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

Tom Sachs

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

Tom Sachs

Tom Sachs
The Cabinet, 2014
mixed media
96 x 156 x 11 1/2 inches (243,8 x 396,2 x 29,2 cm)
SW 16107

Tom Sachs

Tom Sachs
Synthetic Mars Rocks (Sandinista), 2016
plywood, epoxy resin, lead, latex paint, steel
50 x 36 x 9 inches (127 x 91,4 x 22,9 cm)
SW 17218
Private Collection

Tom Sachs

Tom Sachs
Mars Rocks, 2012
Mars geology samples, ConEd barrier, plywood, steel hardware, latex paint, UV plexi
73 1/2 x 73 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches (186,7 x 186,7 x 18,4 cm)
SW 17215

Tom Sachs

Tom Sachs
MESA (Modular Equipment Stowage Assembly), 2007-2012
mixed media
39 1/2 x 36 x 14 3/4 inches (100,3 x 91,4 x 37,5 cm)
SW 17219

Tom Sachs

Tom Sachs
Moon Rock Box: Helpers in Need, 2008
wood, latex paint, steel hardware, electrical components, glass, Arten Thermohygrometer, mixed media
20 1/4 x 20 1/4 x 7 3/8 inches (51,4 x 52,1 x 18,7 cm)
SW 17221
Private Collection

Tom Sachs

Tom Sachs
Docking, 2016
plywood, epoxy resin, cardboard, latex paint, steel, mixed media
27 x 12 x 12 inches (68,6 x 30,5 x 35,5 cm)
SW 17222
Private Collection

Artist press

The Japan Times logo
Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery
by Yukari Tanaka
16 April 2019
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Space rocks: Tom Sachs
by Michael Abatemarco
6 October 2017
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Tom Sachs’ YBCA exhibition discovers new worlds
by Charles Desmarais
16 September 2016
The New York Times logo
‘Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony,’ at the Noguchi Museum
by Ken Johnson
25 March 2016
The Wall Street Journal logo
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: Park Avenue Armory
by Jeffrey Kastner
October 2012
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Man on a Mission
by Linda Yablonsky
17 March 2012
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