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This is an early and rare work by artist Tom Sachs from 1998. The work is from a series of 15 'unique' variants of which this is #7. The construction is made up of various media including cardboard, plywood, metal, synthetic polymer paint, ink, thermal adhesive, and found/fabricated objects. The objects are: Tiffany & Co. Glock pistol, Hermes hand grenade, Hermes pocket address book, and silvered Cartier lighter. The size is 10.5" X 10.5" X 2.5" and is hand stamped throughout by the artist.

In the mid and late 1990s, Sachs' career began to take off. His first major solo show, "Cultural Prosthetics" opened at New York's Morris-Healy Gallery in 1995. Many works from the show conflated fashion and violence, as with HG (Hermés Hand Grenade) (1995) and Tiffany Glock (Model 19) (1995) both of which were models made with Hermes or Tiffany packaging. Although these sculptures were non-functional, another piece - Hecho in Switzerland (1995) - was an actual working homemade gun. Sachs and his assistants would make similar guns and sell them back to the city as part of New York's gun buyback program (for up to $300 each).

His next major show, "Creativity is the Enemy", opened in 1998 at New York's Thomas Healy Gallery and Paris' Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac. It built on the discourse established in "Cultural Prosthetics" with sculptures like Chanel Guillotine (1998) and Prada Deathcamp (1998). Other pieces, like Hermés Value Meal (1998) moved away from explicit references to violence and paired fashion with other successful brands, like McDonald's. Also included in the show were gaffer's tape versions of Piet Mondrian's famous compositions. Like the Hermes sculptures, the Mondrian paintings were things Sachs desired but could not have. So he made them instead. As Sachs puts it, "making it is a way of having it."

Contemporary American sculptor Tom Sachs (B. 1966) is known for his elaborate recreations of known objects or icons from collected materials. As incredible feats of artistic engineering, Sachs has created such works as Le Corbusier’s Unité d'Habitation with foamcore and glue, a Chanel Chainsaw with cardboard and thermal adhesive, and a 1:1 model of the Apollo lunar module complete with mission control made from a range of different materials. Appropriating his ideas from pop culture including fast food, hip-hop music, luxury fashion labels, historical events, and even skateboarding, Sachs critiques commercial imagery and objects of manipulation by changing viewer’s perceptions of the material things they’ve come to covet. Through his antagonism towards globalization and consumerism, Sachs elevates the value of craftsmanship through his meticulously and exquisitely rendered sculptures.

Select Public Collections:
Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY)
San Francisco Museum of Art (San Francisco, CA)
Goetz Collection (Munich, Germany)
Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art (Norway)

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Provenance:
  • Tom Sachs Studio, NY Private Collection, Paris
  • Pickup Location: California, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 2.5 x 10.5 x 10.5 in. (6.35 x 26.67 x 26.67 cm.)
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