Tom Sachs (American, b.1966) is a sculptor born in New York, NY and known for his reproductions of American objects. After attending the Architectural Association in London in 1987, Sachs earned a BA from Bennington College in Vermont in 1989. Using a variety of materials, including foamcore, bronze, plywood, automotive paint, and glue, Sachs constructs sculptures of recognizable icons of pop culture, such as Hello Kitty and McDonald’s restaurants. One of his best known works, a replica of the Apollo Lunar Excursion Module (2007), is made from steel, plywood, electronics, and other tools, and reflects Sachs’ interest in space exploration and Cold War history. His larger-than-life sculptures and fountains inspired by Sanrio characters, such as Hello Kitty and Miffy, were displayed in 2009 at New York’s Lever House and in Paris, France. Many of Sachs’ sculptures are intended to demonstrate the building process, so that screws and seams are deliberately visible; in this way, even works that are considered whole are not necessarily finished. Sachs’ works have been exhibited at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, CA, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, NY and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, NY, among many others. He currently lives and works in New York, NY.

Timeline

1966
Born: New York, NY
1987
Architectural Association, London, UK
1989
BA, Bennington College, Bennington, VT
Lives and works in New York

Exhibitions

2010
THE LIFE OF THE OBJECT - Baer Ridgway Exhibitions, San Francisco, CA
Self-Fulfilling Prophecies - Leo Koenig Inc., New York City, NY
2009
Tom Sachs: Cameras, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT
Words Are Diamonds, Laleh June Galerie, Basel (group)
2008
Bronze Collection, Lever House Collection, New York, NY (solo)
Tom Sachs at Trocadero, Place du Trocadero, Paris, France (solo)
Lever House Collection, Lever House, New York, NY (solo)
2007
Space Program, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA (solo)
Logjam, Des Moines Art Centre, Des Moines, IA (solo)
Delicious, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris (group)
This is America! Contemporary Art and American Photorealism, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands (group)
Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Ireland (group/cat.)
2006
New York, New York: Fifty Years of Art, Architecture, Film, Music, and Video, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco (group)
Freeze!, Robilant & Veoena, London, UK (solo)
Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy (solo)
Survery: America, Lodernism, Fashion, Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo, Norway (solo)
2005
Vanity, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg (solo)
McDonalds, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo (solo)
Dedicated to the Memory of Ben Plummer 1968-2004, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO (solo)
Die Dritte Dimension, Galerie Haas & Fuchs; Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin, Germany (group)
Homestyle, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY (group)
2004
Connecticut, Sperone Westwater, New York, NY (solo)
2003
Disaster, (Featuring Andy Warhol), Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France (solo)
Nutsy's, Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin, Germany (solo)
New Paintings, Galleria Cardi, Milan, Italy (solo)
Holiday Spectacular, Printed Matter, Inc., New York, NY (solo)
Lamps, Bitch Lounge & Quarter Screws, A/D Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Perpetual Bliss, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France (group)
Materials, Metaphors, Narratives: Work by Six Contemporary Artists, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY (group)
Shopping : Art and Consumer Culture, Tate Gallery, Liverpool, UK (group)
NUTSY, Bohen Foundation New York, NY (solo)
Le Corbusier B Sides, Mario Diacono Gallery, Boston, MA (solo)
2002
Shopping : Kunst und Konsumkultur, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany (group)
Time Space Motion, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria (group)
Mirroring Evil, Jewish Museum, New York, NY (group)
2001
White, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France (solo)
Selector, Galleria Cardi & Co., Milan, Italy (solo)
2000
Big Urinal, Tomio Kayama, Tokyo (solo)
Special Project - The Devilʼs Art, Weiden & Kennedy, Tokyo (solo)
Knoll International, Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm (solo)
Defender, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO (solo)
American Bricolage, Sperone Westwater, New York, NY (group)
1999
Hedge, Thomas Healy Gallery, New York, NY (group)
Police, Alleged Gallery, New York, NY (group)
The Stroke, Exit Art, New York, NY (gruop)
Haute Bricolage, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
W.W.J.B.D.. and other Smash Hits, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg (solo)
Stairmaster, Montblanc Factory, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
Burn Baby Burn, Montblanc, New York, NY (solo)
SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico (solo/cat.)
Tom Sachs, Mario Diacono Gallery, Boston, MA (solo)
Creativity is the Enemy, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France (solo/cat.)
Readymade Project, Wunderkammer, London, UK (group)
Dysfunctional Sculpture, Center Galleries, Detroit, MI (group)
1998
Ensemble Moderne: The Still Life in Contemporary Painting and Sculpture, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg , Austria, and Paris, France (group/cat.)
Bathroom, Thomas Healy Gallery, New York, NY (group)
New York, Gallery F15, Moss, Norway (group/cat.)
Creativity is the Enemy, Thomas Healy Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
The Subverted Object, Ubu Gallery, New York, NY(group)
1997
Cultural Prosthetics, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
Galeria Gian Enzo Sperone, Rome, Italy (solo)
Milleventi, Milan, Italy (solo)
hirty-Third Annual Exhibition of art on Paper, WeatherspoonArt Gallery, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, USA (group/cat.)
Summer Group Show, Sperone Westwater, New York, NY (group)
Icons: Modern Design and the Haunting Quality of Everyday Objects, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA (group)
Road Show ʻ97, Bronwyn Keenan Gallery, New York, NY (group)
Milleventi, Turin, Italy (solo)
1996
American Dreamin, Linda Kirkland Gallery, New York, NY, curated by Heidi Zuckerman (group)
On / In/ Through, Morris-Healy Gallery, New York, NY (group)
Shred Sled Symposium, Thread Waxing Space, New York (group)
Mario Diacono Gallery, Boston, Massachussets (solo)
Gramercy International Artfair, Morris-Healy, New York, NY (solo)
1995
Cultural Prosthetics, Morris-Healy Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Occupato, Bennett Roberts Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA (group)
Inaugural Exhibition, Paul Morris Gallery, New York, NY (group)
Asia-Pacific Universe: 30th Artists Today, Yokohama Citzen's Art Gallery Japan
1994
The Bong Show, Alleged Gallery, New York, NY (group)
Red Windows, Barney ʻs, New York, NY (group)
Kill All Artists, (Public performance), New York, NY (group)
Pathetic masterworks, Alleged Gallery, New York, NY (group)
1993
Watch Me Work, Hollyday performance and exhibition, Allied Cultural Prosthetics, New York (solo)
Shopping Cart Furniture window with Dries van Noten, Barney ʻs New York, NY (group)
1992
Minimal Tricks, Alleged Gallery, New York, NY (group)
10 Steps, Muranishi Lederman, New York, NY (group)
Exhibition, Allied Cultural Prosthetics, New York, NY (group)
Reference Points, Queensland Art Gallery, Australia
1991
Denied Access Parking Lot, L.A. East, Los Angeles, CA (group)
In the Waiting Room of Ideology: European Works 1990-91, Sherman Galleries Sydney, Australia
1990
Australia Perspecta, Art Gallery of New South Wales Sydeny, Australia
1985
ICFF, Javitz Center, New York, NY (solo)

Public Collections

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo, Norway
Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, France
Jewish Museum, New York, NY
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY