Tom Sachs

b. 1966

Think about the objects in our lives: the furniture we have, the clothes that we wear. They’re all expressions of who we are...when people dismiss consumerist stuff as taking you away from the spiritual, they’re right, but they’re also missing that it’s another form of communication. — Tom Sachs

Work

Exhibitions

11.09–12.19.2014
Chawan
Salon 94 94th Street

Tom Sachs

05.02–05.05.2019
Group Show
Frieze New York

Frieze NY 2019

09.01–10.25.2014
Group Show
Salon 94 Freemans

Satan Ceramics

Biography

Tom Sachs is a sculptor best known for his work inspired by icons of Modernism in both art and design. Using modest studio materials, Sachs’ work produces parallel universes oftentimes incorporating semi-functional sculptures that are sometimes deployed by the artist and his studio assistants for interactive projects.

Often Sachs decides to keep exposed the materials, seams, joints, and screws as well as foamcore and plywood—that are used when combining the elements that produce his work. By choosing to not erase, sand away, or render invisible these necessary elements, Sachs’ work prompts the viewer to consider what a finished (or unfinished) work might look and feel like. 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; Sachs works retain this latent potential.

Tom Sachs’ iconic Shop Chair has been produced exclusively for Salon 94Design. Experienced in groups or singly, Sachs’ Shop Chairs have always emblematically represented the artist’s playful—yet functional approach to art as a useable and practical object.

Tom Sachs (American, b.1966) is a sculptor born in New York, NY After attending the Architectural Association in London in 1987, Sachs earned a BA from Bennington College in Vermont in 1989. He currently lives and works in New York, NY. A retrospective of Sachs’ boombox sculptures was presented at The Contemporary Austin (2015) and a version of it traveled to The Brooklyn Museum (2016). The Noguchi Museum hosted a solo exhibition of Sachs’ work in 2016 -- that exhibition marked the first occasion that any artist beyond Isamu Noguchi was highlighted in the space. It then traveled to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts as Tom Sachs: Space Program 3.0: Europa (2016-17), ultimately going to Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas (2017-18) and then Tokyo Opera City Gallery (2019). Tom Sachs: Timeline, a retrospective exhibition is currently on view at Schauwerk Sindelfingen in Germany until April 2020. Sachs’ work is found in important collections worldwide including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; 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.

CV

Press

01.22.2021
Tom Sachs Sculpts Bricolage Versions of Everyday ​Objects at Thaddaeus Ropac Paris
Sofia Lekka Angelopoulou

designboom

04.27.2020
The Art of Making Do (and Emergency AirPod Retrieval)
Naomi Fry

The New Yorker

05.07.2019
At Art Fairs, the Chairs Are Just as Considered as the Art
Kyle Chayka

The Wall Street Journal Magazine

05.03.2019
Tom Sachs Punctuates Circular Holes Throughout Limited Gray Edition of Shop Chair
Juliana Neira

designboom

03.16.2016
A Space Program review – conceptual artist goes to Mars
Jordan Hoffman

The Guardian

03.11.2016
Tom Sachs’s Workshop: Willy Wonka Would Approve
Arthur Lubow

The New York Times