Tom Sachs (b.1966, New York) Artist.
Tom Sachs Furniture is an extension of his sculpture practice, he has been designing and building furniture since his earliest days as an artist.
Sachs’ genre defying mixed media sculptures, often recreations of modern icons using everyday materials, show all of the work that goes into producing an object - a reversal of modernization’s trend towards products with cleaner, simpler, and more perfect edges. Sachs’ sculptures are conspicuously handmade; lovingly cobbled together from plywood, resin, steel, and ceramic. The scars and imperfections in the sculptures tell the story of how it came into being and remove it from the realm of miraculous conception. His studio team functions like a teaching hospital or cult, that worships plywood and an ethos of transparency. All of these values are embraced in his approach to making furniture.
Sachs’ work has been included in many exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad, and is in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo. Major solo exhibitions include the The Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery (2019), The Nasher Sculpture Center (2017), The Brooklyn Museum (2016) and The Noguchi Museum (2016), Contemporary Austin (2015), Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (2009), Fondazione Prada, Milan (2006), SITE Santa Fe (1999), Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (1999).
Sachs lives and works in New York City.