TOM SACHS is a sculptor, probably best known for his elaborate recreations of various Modern icons, all of them masterpieces of engineering and design of one kind or another. In an early show he made Knoll office furniture out of phone books and duct tape; later, he recreated Le Corbusier’s 1952 Unité d’Habitation using only foamcore and a glue gun. Other projects have included his versions of various Cold War masterpieces, like the Apollo 11 Lunar Excursion Module, and the bridge of the battleship USS Enterprise. And because no engineering project is more complex and pervasive than the corporate ecosystem, he’s done versions of those, too, including a McDonald’s he built using plywood, glue, assorted kitchen appliances. He’s also done Hello Kitty and her friends in materials ranging from foamcore to bronze.

A lot has been made of the conceptual underpinnings of these sculptures: how Sachs’ sampling capitalist culture, remixing, dubbing and spitting it back out again, so that the results are transformed and transforming. Equally, if not more important, is his total embrace of “showing his work.” All the steps that led up to the end result are always on display. On a practical level, this means that all seams, joints, screws or for that matter anything holding stuff together, like foamcore and plywood, are left exposed. Nothing is erased, sanded away, or rendered invisible. On a more philosophical level, this means that nothing Sachs makes is ever finished. Like any good engineering project, everything can always be stripped down, stripped out, redesigned and improved.

The reward for work is more work.

–Mark van de Walle

 

Recent Ever Gold [Projects] Exhibitions:

Satan Ceramics / January – March, 2016

 

Other Recent Tom Sachs Exhibitions:

Space Program: Europa 
YBCA, San Francisco
September 16th, 2016 – January 15th, 2017

NUGGETS, Jeffrey Deitch, New York, May-June, 2016

TOM SACHS: BOOMBOX RETROSPECTIVE 1999-2016, The Brooklyn Museum, New York, April-August, 2016

TOM SACHS: TEA CEREMONY, The Noguchi Museum, New York, March-July, 2016

 

Tom Sachs, Breakfast, 2016. Wood, steel, stoneware, porcelain, toaster, tv, pirated DVDs, water boiler, coffee, sugar, maple syrup, whiskey, stereo amplifier, speakers, surveillance cameras, loudspeaker, epoxy resin and fiberglass. 70 x 42 x 30 inches.

Tom Sachs, Breakfast, 2016. Wood, steel, stoneware, porcelain, toaster, tv, pirated DVDs, water boiler, coffee, sugar, maple syrup, whiskey, stereo amplifier, speakers, surveillance cameras, loudspeaker, epoxy resin and fiberglass. 70 x 42 x 30 inches.

 

 

Tom Sachs, Model Thirty One, 2012 mixed media 17.75 H x 13.25 W x 5 D inches

Tom Sachs, Model Thirty One, 2012
mixed media
17.75 H x 13.25 W x 5 D inches

 

Tom Sachs, Space Program.

 

 

 

 

Public 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, CA

Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, France

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

Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

Citigroup Art Collection, New York, NY

The Contemporary Austin, Austin, TX

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR

Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa

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

Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy

The Getty, Los Andgeles, CA

Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

The Jewish Museum, New York, NY

The Jumex Collection, Mexico City

Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein Collection, Liechtenstein

Lever House Collection, New York, NY

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Maramotti Collection, Reggio Emilia, Italy 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

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, AustriaThe Sammlung Goetz Collection, Munich, Germany

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

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

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

The Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC

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

Vanhaerents Collection, Brussels, Belgium

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT