Tom Sachs

American, b. 1966

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Tom Sachs

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American, b. 1966

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4.4k
Biography

A self-proclaimed bricoleur, Tom Sachs engages with high art, disposable consumer culture, and everything in between. Critiquing the speed and regularity with which a materialistic society replaces commodities, Sachs uses both a profusion of commercial icons in his work and builds his own functioning versions of consumer goods using re-purposed items, such as the glossy, black Prada Toilet (1997), a workable toilet constructed out of Prada’s up-market packaging, with the company’s logo prominently displayed on the sculpture. Sachs’s works are emphatically process-oriented, an expression of the artist’s DIY spirit, divulging even the flaws of his complex and labor-intensive projects. On ongoing theme in Sachs' work is outer space. He has said that "NASA is the ultimate status symbol in technology, the highest technology."

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Solo show at a major institution
Aspen Art Museum, and 3 more
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Group show at a major institution
Palais de Tokyo, and 3 more
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Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
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Included in a major biennial
Bienal de Sao Paulo, and 1 more
Biography

A self-proclaimed bricoleur, Tom Sachs engages with high art, disposable consumer culture, and everything in between. Critiquing the speed and regularity with which a materialistic society replaces commodities, Sachs uses both a profusion of commercial icons in his work and builds his own functioning versions of consumer goods using re-purposed items, such as the glossy, black Prada Toilet (1997), a workable toilet constructed out of Prada’s up-market packaging, with the company’s logo prominently displayed on the sculpture. Sachs’s works are emphatically process-oriented, an expression of the artist’s DIY spirit, divulging even the flaws of his complex and labor-intensive projects. On ongoing theme in Sachs' work is outer space. He has said that "NASA is the ultimate status symbol in technology, the highest technology."

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Aspen Art Museum, and 3 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
Palais de Tokyo, and 3 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Bienal de Sao Paulo, and 1 more
Articles Featuring Tom Sachs
What Sold at Frieze New York Online
May 12th, 2020
What Sold at Frieze New York Online
How Tom Sachs Uses Art to Put his Fingerprints on Industry
Mar 31st, 2015
How Tom Sachs Uses Art to Put his Fingerprints on Industry
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