Tom Friedman (American, b.1965) is a Conceptual sculptor, born in St. Louis, MO. After earning a BFA in graphic illustration from Washington University in 1988, Friedman continued his education at the University of Illinois, where he earned an MFA in sculpture in 1990. Friedman's Conceptual pieces are made from common household objects, such as toothpicks, pencils, sugar cubes, bubble gum, and dental floss, which are often arranged in detailed geometric patterns. By augmenting quotidian items in thought-provoking ways, Friedman links the realms of craft-making and Conceptual Art. For an untitled sculpture made in 1990, Friedman used his own pubic hair to create a virtually perfect spiral by maneuvering the strands around a white, rectangular bar of ordinary soap. In 1995, Friedman created another untitled work by arranging 3,000 toothpicks into an elaborate, three-dimensional starburst shape.

Friedman’s first solo exhibition took place in 1991 at Feature, Inc. in New York. Since then, his work has been exhibited at various museums and galleries throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, including The Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Art Institute of Chicago. A significant exhibition of Friedman’s art, Tom Friedman: The Epic in the Everyday, traveled from 2000 until 2002 to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, NC. He currently lives in Leverett, MA.

Timeline

1965
Born in St. Louis, MO
1988
Washington University, St. Louis, MO, BFA, graphic illustration
1990
University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, MFA, Sculpture
1993
The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Awards in Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, Photography and Craft Media, (catalogue)
1993–1995
Luther Greg Sullivan Visiting Artist, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
2001
Grant Award, The Joan Mitchell Foundation, Inc. New York, NY
Lives in Leverett, MA

Exhibitions

2011
The Sculpture Park at Frieze Art Fair curated by David Thorp, London, UK
All that Glisters, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK
2010
Up in the Air, Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Stockholm; touring to FRAC Montpellier, France (solo)
Tom Friedman and Steve Wolfe, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK
Floor Corner Wall, Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, Fort Worth, TX
The Boneyard, Maloney Fine Art, Culver City, CA
2009
REAM, Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, MO (solo)
Not Something Else, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Kyoto, Japan (solo)
Galerie Bernard Ceysson Beaubourg, Paris, France (solo)
Magic Show, QUAD Gallery, Derby, UK
Chasing Napoleon, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Six Artists, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
OFF THE WALL, Van de Weghe Fine Art, New York City, NY
Shaping Space, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY
2008
for What you are about to receive, Gagosian Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Retrospective, Gagosian Gallery, 21st Street
Mosnters and Stuff, Gagosian Gallery, Britannia Street, London, UK
PRINTED MEDIA IN RECENT COLLAGE, Gagosian Gallery, Madison Avenue, New York, NY
2007
Pop Art Is..., Gagosian Gallery, Britannia Street, London, UK
Insight?, Gagosian Gallery, Moscow, Russia
2006
Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA
2004
Self-Evidence:Identity in Contemporary Art, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA
2004 Symbolic Space, The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY
Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2003
Fright Wig, Feature Inc. New York, NY
Tom Friedman, Gaylen Gerber, Joe Scanlan, Daniel Hug Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Undomesticated Interiors, Smith College Museum of Art, Newport Center for Contemporary Art, Snung Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, NY
The Moderns, Castello di Rivoli Museo d?Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli-Torino, Italy
Stacked, D'Amelio Terras, New York, NY
Feature Inc, New York, NY
2002
Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK
Stichting Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy
177th Abbual Exhibition, National Academy of Design Museum, New York, NY
Sunday Afternoon, 303 gallery, New York, NY
Plotting, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, IL
FACE Off: a portrait of the artist, Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
2002 Retrospectacle:25 Years of Collecting Modern and Contemporary Art, Denver Art Museum , Denver, CO
2001
Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2000
Tom Friedman, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
1999
Galeria Foksal, Warsaw, Poland
Galleria Gian Enzo Sperone, Rome, Italy
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
On the Ball: The Sphere in Contemporary Sculpture, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA
Waste Management'Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada
1998
Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, Porland, ME
Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1997
Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Ynglingagatan, Stockholm, Sweden
Feature Inc, New York, NY
1996
Affinities: Chuck Close and Tom Friedman, The Art Institute of Chicago
1995
Project 50:Tom Friedman, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1994
Galleria Raucci/Santamaria, Naples, Italy
1993
Feature Inc., New York, NY
1992
Bonzak Gallery, St.Louis, MO