Selected Exhibitions

TOM SACHS: RITUAL

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A solo exhibition held at Thaddaeus Ropac in Paris, France, which will travel to the gallery's London space at Ely House, featuring new handmade sculptures of everyday objects lovingly cobbled together in the artist’s signature bricolage aesthetic.

TOM SACHS: WORK

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Tom Sachs: Work, is the artist’s first solo exhibition in Florida. The exhibition emphasizes the Sachs' desire to revisit long-held themes and ideas over decades, revising and expanding upon them. He refers to these processes as “multicycles,” a term coined by gallerist Mario Diacono, while the ritual of “work”—both a core element for Sachs as well as a recurring theme in his exhibitions—is itself a multicycle.

TOM SACHS: HANDMADE PAINTINGS

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Over the years, Sachs has become known for his larger-than-life sculptures and immersive installations, but paintings have been a central focus of his practice since the mid-1990s. Tom Sachs: Handmade Paintings represents the first exhibition to focus exclusively on Sachs’ work in the medium, and the show marks the artist’s first with the gallery.

TOM SACHS: TIMELINE

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Tom Sachs' first solo exhibition in Germany in fifteen years includes work such as Tea Ceremony, a distinctive reworking of the chanoyu, or traditional Japanese tea ceremony, as well as a large format sculpture made specifically for the museum that depicts the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center before September 11, 2001.

TOM SACHS: TEA CEREMONY

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From the moment Sachs began developing a culture of tea in 2012, he aimed to exhibit his Tea Ceremony in Japan. At Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, this completely immersive and interactive environment will a last be seen in the country that inspired it. Sachs has produced a complete, alternative material culture, from bowls and ladles, scroll paintings, vases, and bronzes, to a motorized tea whisk, a shot clock, and an electronic brazier.

SMUTSHOW

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Tomio Koyama Gallery is pleased to present Smutshow, a solo exhibition of works by Tom Sachs. This show is organized in correspondence to the exhibition, Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony, held at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery (Hatsudai, Shinjuku) from April 20 to June 23, 2019. Along with the related exhibitions Tom Sachs: Indoctrination Center at KOMAGOME 1-14 cas (Komagome, April 20 – May 14, 2019) and Tom Sachs: Pop-up Store at Beams Harajuku (Harajuku, April 19 – May 6, 2019), this constitutes part of a large-scale presentation of Sachs’ works in four locations across Tokyo.

HEIDI AND THE PACK

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Switzerland began to appear as a reference in Tom Sachs' art in the early 1990s. In what he today refers to as a "Surrealist-punk gesture" and "act of vandalism," the young artist deposited a pile of vinyl stickers emblazoned with the provocative phrase "Nuke the Swiss" in the reception desk of Deitch Projects New York in the spring of 1996. Sachs' free art found its dark humor in the suggestion that anyone would willfully bomb the place and the people in possession of the world's wealth.

SWISS PASSPORT OFFICE

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For Sachs, Switzerland is a nation of boundaries: geographically it sits in an imposing mountainous landscape; economically it acts as a shelter for extreme wealth; and politically it holds a status as an EU non-member state and was a safe haven during times of war or persecution. Swiss citizenship is “the ultimate status nationality, representing wealth, neutrality and freedom”; a status Tom Sachs wishes to make available to all.

CHAWAN

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Known for his dry wit, this modern day chawan'ya observes, "There comes a time in every middle-aged man's life when he realizes that Japan is where it's at... Mourning the loss of spirituality in our capitalist environment, we admire tea's integration of humility, prosperity, and spirituality." For Sachs, that has meant making chawan, or tea bowls, in addition to leaning chanoyu, the way of tea. In this exhibition, Sachs has filled several tea cabinets with chawan and highlighted a number of "heroes," individual chawan that he sets apart as embodying a certain heightened "thingness."

TOM SACHS: TEA CEREMONY

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Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony presents Sachs' distinctive reworking of a traditional Japanese tea ceremony; including the myriad elements of that ritualistic universe. In the Nasher's indoor gallery, Sachs set a tea house in a garden accessorized with variations on lanterns, gates, a wash basin, a plywood airplane lavatory, a koi pond, an ultra HD video wall, a bronze bonsai made of over 3,600 individually welded parts, and other objects, all made from commonplace materials.

OBJECTS OF DEVOTION

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Tom Sachs' fourth solo show at Sperone Westwater showcases the artist's radical expansion of the category of sculpture and his restless curiosity about our "culture of making." The exhibition extends the tradition of the wunderkammer, cabinets of curiosities which arose in sixteenth-century Europe as repositories for wondrous and exotic objects. In Sachs' wunderkammer, the artist-collector incorporates the objects of his fascination, assigning them a pseudo-scientific and a pseudo-spiritual function.

BRONZE

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An exhibition of new and old bronzes.

RADIANT CITY PAINTINGS: 2006 - 2016

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Encompassing nearly two decades of works by the internationally renowned artist. Comprising the first-ever survey exhibition of his paintings, "Radiant City" brings together more than 25 works that showcase the central themes of his art: consumerism, space exploration and cultural progress.

HEAVEN

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A show of sculpture in the lobby of Sogetsu Kaikan, presented by Tomio Koyama Gallery.

SPACE PROGRAM: EUROPA

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Tom Sachs and his team of astronauts set their sights on the next frontier of space exploration in Space Program: Europa.

NUGGETS

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The works in Nuggets span the spectrum of Tom’s artistic, cultural and sociological interests, from Brancusi to McDonald’s. Among the resonant works are his Kelly Bag in plywood, canvas, steel, resin, latex and nylon and his plywood, latex, and epoxy milk crate, with steel hardware, his homage to a masterpiece of modern design. There is also Nutritional Facts, a giant wood burned chart of the nutritional content of the full McDonald’s menu. The works are presented on pedestals like rare tribal sculpture in the Metropolitan’s Michael Rockefeller Wing.

BOOMBOX RETROSPECTIVE 1999-2016

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Tom Sachs Boombox Retrospective features functional boomboxes made between 1999 and 2016 at The Brooklyn Museum. The boomboxes will be queued to play 60 minute playlists created by the artist, friends and fans throughout the entirety of the show. There is also a bodega which will be selling everything from cat food, to editioned works by the artist and visiting guests.

TOM SACHS: TEA CEREMONY

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This major exhibition is the first at the Museum to present work by a single artist other than Noguchi. The exhibition centers on an immersive environment representing Sachs’ distinctive reworking of chanoyu, or traditional Japanese tea ceremony—including the myriad elements essential to that intensely ritualistic universe.

NUGGETS

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A selection of Nuggets.

TOM SACHS: BOOMBOX RETROSPECTIVE: 1999 - 2015

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Tom Sachs: Boombox Retrospective features functional boomboxes made between 1999 and 2015 at the Contemporary Austin's Jones Center location, as well as other sculptures at their Laguna Gloria location. The Boomboxes will be queued to play 60 minute playlists created by the artist, friends, and fans throughout the entirety of the show.

CHAWAN

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Cabinets filled with ceramic Japanese tea bowls (or Chawan) made between 2012 - 2014 show the fingerprints and process of making these handmade objects.

SATAN CERAMICS

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Satan Ceramics is a group show featuring Mary Frey, Pat McCarthy, JJ PEET and Tom Sachs, The four friends ritualistically make ceramics together every week. This show is a culmination of their four different styles that show under the guidance of their leader, JJ PEET.

AMERICAN HANDMADE PAINTINGS

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An exhibition featuring mainly wall works which highlight two distinct techniques in Tom Sachs’s practice: pyrography and marquetry. By using fire as the sole drawing tool, pyrography permits to create a work without any additional material, while the craft of marquetry is a complex assembly of pre-painted, inlaid elements.

VOODOO

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Voodoo continues where "WORK", 2011 left off. This effort will continue.

SPACE PROGRAM: MARS

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The mission continues. A collection of complex systems, codes, and rituals on a voyage to the fourth planet, Mars.

WORK

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"I thank the Lord I'm allowed to work every day."

- James Brown

"The reward for good work is more work."

- Tom Sachs

DRAWINGS: 2000 - 2010

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A collection of Sachs' drawings from the past decade, including eleven new works from the past year.

LE CORBUSIER INSTALLATION

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For the 2010 Venice Biennale of Architecture, Sachs celebrates Le Corbusier's visionary but crippling legacy.

CAMERAS

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Examining years of obsession with cameras from 1974 to 2009, CAMERAS is the first exhibition exploring Sachs' fascination with these modern objects.

Bronze Collection

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Large scale bronzes of foamcore Hello Kitty, My Melody, and Miffy models debut at Lever House in New York City. Other bronzes in the collection include skateboarding ramps and stacks of car batteries.

GOLD & PLYWOOD

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GOLD & PLYWOOD is a collection of pyrographic works on painted and gilt plywood. Images are inspired by 19th century woodcuts in Goethe's "Reineke Fuchs". Shown in conjunction with the BRONZE COLLECTION at the Trocadero.

ANIMALS

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ANIMALS consists of ten small rooms, each containing individual works. Whether literally depicted, or figuratively alluded to, animals dominate the 25 freestanding and wall-mounted paintings and sculptures, exploring the presence of the "animalistic" in our everyday lives.

SPACE PROGRAM (2007)

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SPACE PROGRAM: A complete trip to the moon and back. Elaborate systems and processes yielded a large body of work as well as a compelling demonstration at Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills, CA.

LOGJAM

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LOGJAM details the working and living environments of the Tom Sachs world. Included are workstations, toolboxes, and other items that reveal the ubiquity of bricolage in Tom's life, and showcase the process that has driven his work as an artist.

ISLANDIA

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Lists, pesticides, air conditioners - these are all items we use to manipulate and comprehend the world we live in. ISLANDIA is a collection of such objects that pervade modern life and culture.

TOM SACHS

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The Fondazione Prada holds a retrospective of Tom's work, including new large works made specifically on the occasion of the exhibition. THese include The Island , a replica of the Enterprise CVN bridge, and Balaonoptera Musculus , a foamcore whale inspired by the Museum of Natural History's famous model.

TOM SACHS: SURVEY

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In the course of the last ten years, Tom Sachs has distinguished himself as a significant artist with a remarkable visual language. In this exhibition we focus on his use of brands and deeper reflections on them. The exhibition is divided into three main categories: America, Modernism and Fashion.

NUTSY'S

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A grand and comprehensive tour of today's American city from the perspective of a Mini-Z racer. Stops include McDonald's, Le Corbusier's Unité , the ghetto, and a sculpture garden. Don't forget your bong hit, too.

WHITE

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Themes of space and modern technology pervade Tom's second exhibition at Thaddaeus Ropac Galerie in Paris.

HAUTE BRICOLAGE

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In the age of mass production and planned obsolescence, Sachs' work speaks to the beauty of handicrafts and bricolage. By proudly proclaiming his works as “fucked up”, the artist elevates and celebrates each sculpture’s unique scars and stories.

CULTURAL PROSTHETICS

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Morris-Healy Gallery hosts the artist's first exhibition in New York, with a series of works cobbled-together in Sachs' bespoke technique, from duct tape and phone books, to plywood and luxury packaging.