Tom Sachs

Tom Sachs

Tom Sachs, born in 1966, lives and works in New York, his native city. Sachs re-envisions modern iconography, masterpieces of engineering, and popular and industrial inventions of the 20th century. He revisits, in model form, both history-making space shuttles and the MacDonald’s workplace. From the module of Apollo 11 to Hello Kitty, Sachs plays with genres and “brand image”. In fact, he doesn’t refrain from taking major luxury brands and ripping them out of their contexts. The themes central to his universe focus on American culture and society, which he treats with a heavy dose of humor and sarcasm. Attentive to detail and the finished result, he executes his work using both high and low materials. Most often, his models are created out of foamboard, and some of his sculptures are cast in bronze. Sachs is a sculptor in the classical sense of the term. Like a Carl Zeiss lense, his unique designs break down the history of our production techniques even as they underline the meaning behind them, from their excellence to their alienation.

Awards

2012


Aspen Art Award, by Aspen Museum of Art, Aspen, CO


 


1987


Architectural Association Furniture Prize, awarded by Tom Dixon, London, England


Solo exhibitions

2018


Swiss Passport Office, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London, UK


Chawan, Tom Sachs, Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY, USA


Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX, US


 


2017


Space Program 3.0: Europa, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, USA


Objects of Devotion, Sperone Westwater, New York, NY, USA


Bronze, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO, USA


 


2016   


Nuggets, Jeffrey Deitch, New York, New York, NY, USA


Tom Sachs: Boombox Retrospective, 1999-2016, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY, USA


Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony, The Noguchi Museum, Queens, NY, USA


Heaven, Sogetsu Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan


Space Program 3.0: Europa, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, USA


 


2015


Tom Sachs: Boombox Retrospective 1999 – 2015, The Contemporary Austin, Austin, TX, USA


Nuggets, Lora Reynold's Gallery, Austin, TX, USA


 


2014


Barbie Slave Ship, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria


American Handmade Paintings, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


Chawan, Salon 94, New York, USA


 


2013


Barbie Slave Ship, Saint-Just Church, Lyon Biennale, France


STORE, 8/ Art Gallery/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


 


2012


Nautical Challenge and Other Voodoo, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO, USA


Tom Sachs Space Program: MARS, Park Avenue Armory, New York, USA


 


2011


Tom Sachs WORK, Sperone Westwater, New York, USA


Drawings 2003-2010, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


 


2009


Tom Sachs: Cameras, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT, USA


Skateboards, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac (Editions space), Salzburg, Austria


 


2008


Tom Sachs, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


Tom Sachs, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, USA


Tom Sachs, Lever House, New York, USA


Tom Sachs: Animals, Sperone Westwater, New York, USA


 


2007


Tom Sachs: Logjam, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, USA


Tom Sachs: Logjam, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA, USA


Tom Sachs: Islandia, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


 


2006                      


Tom Sachs, Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy


Tom Sachs - Survey: America, Modernism, Fashion, Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo, Norway


 


2005                      


Tom Sachs: McDonalds, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


Vanity, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria


Tom Sachs: Dedicated to the Memory of Ben Plummer 1968-2004, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, USA


 


2004                      


Connecticut, Sperone Westwater, New York, USA      


 


2003                      


Holiday Spectacular, Printed Matter, Inc., New York, USA


Tom Sachs, New Paintings, Galleria Cardi, Milan, Italy


Nutsy's, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany


Disaster (Featuring Andy Warhol), Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


 


2002


Nutsy's, The Bohen Foundation, New York, USA


Le Corbusier B Sides, Mario Diacono Gallery, Boston MA, USA


 


2001                      


Selector, Galleria Cardi, Milan, Italy


White, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


Lamps, Bitch Lounge & Quarter Screws, A/D Gallery, New York, USA


 


2000                      


American Bricolage, Sperone  Westwater, New York, USA


Test Module Five (Urinal), Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


Defender, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, USA


 


1999                      


Haute Bricolage, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, USA


W.W.J.B.D. and other Smash Hits, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria


Stairmaster, Mont Blanc Factory, Hamburg, Germany


Tom Sachs, Mario Diacono Gallery, Boston, USA


Burn Baby Burn, Mont Blanc Store, New York, USA


SONY Outsider, SITE Sante Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA


Creativity is the Enemy, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


 


1998                      


Creativity is the Enemy, Thomas Healy Gallery, New York, USA


                                  


1997                      


Tom Sachs: Cultural Prosthetics, Milleventi, Milan and Turin, Italy


Cultural Prosthetics, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, USA


Tom Sachs: Cultural Prosthetics, Galleria Gian Enzo Sperone, Rome, Italy


 


1996                      


Tom Sachs, Mario Diacono Gallery, Boston, USA


 


1995                      


Cultural Prosthetics, Morris-Healy Gallery, New York, USA


                                  


1994                      


Tom Sachs, Window display, Whitney Museum of American Art, Store Next Door, New York, USA


                                                                     


1993                      


ICFF, Jacob Javitz Center, New York, USA


Watch Me Work, Allied Cultural Prosthetics, New York, USA


 


Group exhibitions

2015


Space Age, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Pantin, France


Re-Corbusier. Seize œuvres contemporaines à la Maison La Roche, Fondation Le Corbusier, Paris, France


Ed Ruscha, Gagosian Gallery, Paris, France


Sings/Words, Sperone Westwater, New York, USA


 


2014


Satan Ceramics, Salon94 Freemans, New York, USA


5 Year Anniversary Group Show, Ever Gold Gallery, San Francisco, USA


 


2013


Booster, Art Sound Machine, Marta Herford Museum, Herford, Germany


Piston Head: Artists Engage the Automobile, Venus Over Manhattan, Manhattan, Los Angeles, USA


Meanwhile...Suddenly and Then, 12th Lyon Biennale, Lyon, France


Engagement, Artzuid, Amsterdam, Netherlands


From Picasso to Koons: The Artist at Jeweler, Bass Museum of Art, Miami, USA


Disaster, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France 


Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture, The Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, Canada


La Derniere Vague, La Friche de Belle Mai, Marseille, France


Second Season MUSEUM, New York, USA
Merci Mercy, 980 Madison Ave 3rd Floor, New York, USA


 


2012


Untitled (Giotto’s O), Sperone Westwater, Lugano, Switzerland


For the Martian Chronicles, L&M Arts, Los Angeles, USA


White: Marble and Paint, From Antiquity to Now, Robilant & Voena, London, UK


Regarding Warhol: Sixty Years, Fifty Artists, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA


Garden of Eden, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France


to keep us in the dark ages of color’, DIEAUSSTELLUNGSSTRASSE, Vienna, Austria


St. Moritz Art Masters, Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, St Moritz, Switzerland


Vik Muniz, Tom Sachs, Galerie Gian Enzo Sperone, Sent, Swtizerland


Transmission LA: AV Club, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA


Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA


Brucennial 2012, New York, USA


Portraits / Self-Portraits from the 16th to the 21st Century, Sperone Westwater, New York, USA


 


2011


Fresh Kills, Anonymous Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico


Astrup Fearnley Collection, Bienal Pavilion, Sao Paulo Bienal, Sao Paul, Brazil


NASA / ART: 50 Years of Exploration, National Air and Space Museum, Washington D.C, USA


Space. About a Dream, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria


Happy Tech- Macchine dal Volto Umano, Palazzo Re Enzo, Bologna, Italy


Happy Tech- Macchine dal Volto Umano, Triennale Bovisa, Milan, Italy


 


2010


Hunters and Gatherers, Gian Enzo Sperone, Sent, Switzerland


 


Robot Dreams, Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland


Robot Dreams, Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, Austria


The Life of the Object, Baer Ridgway Exhibitions, San Francisco, USA


Self-Fulfilling Prophecies, Leo Koenig Inc., New York, USA


Meet Me Outside, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, USA


The Happening of Blind Sculpture (Performance by Gelitin with Tom Sachs, Gedi Sibony, Junah Sibony, Jon Kessler), Greene Naftali, New York, USA


 


2009


In Numbers: Serial Publications by Artists, X Initiative, New York, USA


Bike Rides: The Exhibition, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT, USA


Stages, Park Avenue Armory, New York, USA


Small packages, Art Production Fund LAB/American Standard Gallery, New York, USA


STAGES, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France


A House Is Not A Home, BC Magazine, Paris, France


Sculpture Show, Sperone Westwater, New York, NY, USA


Words are Diamonds, Laleh June Galerie, Basel, Switzerland


SIGN/AGE, Part Three: Fight the Power, Armand Bartos Fine Art, New York, USA


Better History, The America Standard Gallery, New York, USA


Schizmo, 10 Vyner Street, London, UK,


The Garden at 4AM, Gana Art Gallery, New York, USA


 


2008     


Wall Rockets: Contemporary Artists and Ed Ruscha, FLAG Art Foundation, New York, USA


I Won't Grow Up, Cheim & Read, New York, USA


Dear Velo, Bicycle Film Festival and Partners & Spade, New York, USA


 


2007                      


Contemporary, Cool, and Collected, The Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC, USA


Timer: Intimita/Intimacy, L'arte contemporanea si guarda dentro, Milano, Italy


Disorder in the House, Vanhaerents Art Collection, Bruxelles, Belgium


Branded and on Display, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-


Champaign, USA


                                  


2006  


Only the Paranoid Survive, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, New York, USA


Fantastic Politics: Art in Times of Crisis, Nasjonalmuseet For Kunst, Arkitektur, Og


Design, Oslo, Norway


Will Boys Be Boys? Questioning Adolescent Masculinity in Contemporary Art, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana, USA


This is America! Contemporary Art and American Photorealism, Centraal Museum,


Utrecht, Netherlands


This is America! Contemporary Art and American Photorealism, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Ireland


Freeze! A Selection of Works from a New York Collection, Robilant + Voena +


Sperone, London, UK


New York, New York: Fifty Years of Art, Architecture, Cinema, Performance, Photograph and Video, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco


SURVEY - America - Modernism - Fashion, Astrup Fearnley Museet Kunst, Oslo,


Norway


 


2005     


Public Sculpture Invitational, Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA


Sculpture, The Cartin Collection, Hartford, CT, USA


Die Dritte Dimension, Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin, Germany


Homestyle, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, USA


 


2004 


DESIGN ≠ ART: Functional Objects from Donald Judd to Rachel Whiteread, Cooper


Hewitt National Design Museum, New York, USA


DESIGN ≠ ART: Functional Objects from Donald Judd to Rachel Whiteread, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, USA


Will Boys Be Boys? Questioning Adolescent Masculinity in Contemporary Art, The


Salina Art Center, Salina, KS, USA


26th Bienal de Sao Paulo, Pavilhao Ciccillo Matarazzo, Parque do Ibirapuera, Sao Paulo, Brazil


…So Fresh, So Cool!, Galleria Cardi, Milan, Italy


Sculptural Sphere, Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany


 


2003     


Materials, Metaphors, Narratives: Work by Six Contemporary Artists, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, USA


No Canvas, Galleria Cardi, Milan, Italy


 


2002


Good News, Galleria Cardi, Milan, Italy


Self-Medicated, Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA


 


2001                      


The Armory Show 2001, with Tomiyo Koyama, New York, USA


The Armory Show 2001, with Gian Enzo Sperone, New York, USA


Art at the Edge of the Law, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT, USA


'da Warhol al 2000' Gian Enzo Sperone 35 anni di mostre fra Europa e America,


Des Moines Art Center, Iowa, USA


'da Warhol al 2000' Gian Enzo Sperone 35 anni di mostre fra Europa e America, Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, USA


Camera Works, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, USA


My Reality: Contemporary Art and the Culture of Japanese Animation, Des Moines


Palazzo Cavour, Torino, Italy


Andy Warhol Knives, Sperone Westwater, New York, USA


Ironical Instinct, Galleria Cardi, Milan, Italy


Making the Making, Apex Art, New York, USA


 


2000                      


Fabula: Consumer Media and Contemporary Art, Cranbrook Art Museum,


Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA


Toys, Kagan Martos Gallery, New York, USA


Expressions in Wood, Max Fish, New York, USA


American Bricolage, curated by Tom Sachs & David Leiber, Sperone Westwater, New


York, USA


C2C, New Langton Arts, San Francisco, USA


Arte Americana, Ultimo Decennio, Logetta Lombardesca, Ravenna, Italy


He Swam Down, Away, Audiello Fine Art, New York, USA


Material Perception, Bank of America Plaza, Charlotte, USA


Hedge, Thomas Healy Gallery, New York, USA


Food for Thought, New Jersey Center for the Visual Arts, Summit, USA


Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, USA


Chicago Art Fair, with Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Chicago, USA


Seven New York Artists, Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden


Destruction/Creation, Ubu Gallery, New York, USA


Art/31/Basel, with Gian Enzo Sperone/Sperone Westwater, Basel, Switzerland


Hand-Made in the U.S.A., Sprovieri Gallery, London, UK


 


1999                      


Thinking Aloud, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, UK


Thinking Aloud, Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK


Thinking Aloud, Camden Arts Centre London, UK


Comfort Zone: Furniture by Artist, Paine Webber Art Gallery, New York, USA


Exposing Meaning in Fashion Through Presentation, Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage,


Brooklyn, New York, USA


Paper: A Retrospective, Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, USA


Persuasion, Lombard-Fried Gallery, New York, USA


Dysfunctional Sculpture, Center Galleries, Detroit, USA


Making Change, The Jewish Museum, San Francisco, USA


Readymade Project, Wunderkammer, London, UK


Coup d'Etat, Alleged Gallery, New York, USA


The Stroke, Exit Art, New York, USA


 


1998     


San Francisco Art Fair, San Francisco, USA


New York, Gallery F15, Moss, Norway


Bathroom, Thomas Healy Gallery, New York, USA


Ensemble Moderne: The Still-Life in Contemporary Painting and Sculpture,


Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria and Paris France


Gramercy International Art Fair, with Thomas Healy Gallery, Miami, USA


 


1997                      


The Subverted Object, Ubu Gallery, New York, USA


Road Show '97, Bronwyn Keenan Gallery, New York, USA


Icons: Modern Design and the Haunting Quality of Everyday Objects, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA


Summer Group Show, Sperone Westwater Gallery, New York, USA


Thirty-Third Annual Exhibition of Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, USA


Thirty-Third Annual Exhibition of Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, USA


Gramercy International Art Fair, with Thomas Healy Gallery, Los Angeles, USA


 


1996                      


Shred Sled Symposium, Thread Waxing Space, New York, USA


On/In/Through, Morris-Healy Gallery, New York, USA                    


American Dreamin, Linda Kikland Gallery, New York, USA


Gramercy International Art Fair, with Morris-Healy Gallery, New York, USA


 


1995                      


Inaugural Exhibition, Paul Morris Gallery, New York, USA


Occupato, Bennett Roberts Fine Art, Los Angles, USA


Gramercy International Art Fair, with Morris-Healy Gallery, New York, USA


 


1994


ICCF Windows, Barney's, New York, USA


The Bong Show, Alleged Gallery, New York, USA


Pathetic Masterworks, Alleged Gallery, New York, USA


Kill All Artists, Public Performance, New York, USA


Red Windows, Barney's, New York, USA


 


1993                      


Shopping Cart Furniture, display window with Dries van Notten, Barney's, New York, USA         


 


1992     


Exhibition, Allied Cultural Prosthetics, New York, USA


10 Steps, Muranushi Lederman, New York, USA


Minimal Tricks, Alleged Gallery, New York, USA


 


1991                      


Denied Access Parking Lot, L.A. Eats, Los Angeles, USA


 


Public and private collections

Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York


The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois


Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo, Norway


The Berezdivin Collection, Puerto Rico


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, California, USA


The Cartin Collection, Hartford, CT and New York, NY


Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France


Citigroup Art Collection, New York, New York


Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arizona


Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa


Ellipse Foundation, Contemporary Art Collection Arte Centre, Cascais, Portugal


Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy


Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA


The Jewish Museum, New York, New York


The Jumex Collection, Mexico City


Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein Collection, Liechtenstein


Lever House Collection, New York, New York


Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA


Maramotti Collection, Reggio Emilia, Italy


The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York


Montblanc Art Collection, Hamburg, Germany


The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY


NASA Permanent Collection, Washington, DC


Schauwerk Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen, Germany


The Sammlung Essl Collection, Vienna, Austria


The Sammlung Goetz Collection, Munich, Germany


The Sammlung Olbricht Collection, Essen, Germany and Berlin, Germany


The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California


The Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC


Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York


The Smithsonian Institute, Washington DCT,


University of North Carolina, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, North Carolina


Vanhaerents Collection, Brussels, Belgium


Whitney Museum of American Art, New York


Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut