Tom Sachs was born in New York in 1966. After studying at the Architectural Association in London in 1987, he received a BA from Bennington College, Vermont, in 1989. Collections include the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo. Solo exhibitions include SITE Santa Fe (1999); Nutsy’s, Bohen Foundation, New York (2002, traveled to Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, in 2003); Tom Sachs: Survey—America, Modernism, Fashion, Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo (2006); Fondazione Prada, Milan (2006); Space Program: Mars, Park Avenue Armory, New York (2012); Space Program: Europa, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2016); Boombox Retrospective 1999–2016, Brooklyn Museum, New York (2016); and Tea Ceremony, Noguchi Museum, New York (2016, traveled to Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, in 2017).
Sachs lives and works in New York.
Frieze Sculpture 2019
July 3–October 6, 2019
Regent’s Park, London
Clare Lilley, director of programs at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, has selected new and significant sculptures by leading artists around the world to be on view in Regent’s Park. Included in the show is Huma Bhabha’s Receiver (2019), which references ancient sculpture and recent sci-fi, and Tom Sachs’s My Melody (2008), a three-meter-high rendition of the Japanese cartoon character.
Huma Bhabha, Receiver, 2019 © Huma Bhabha
Screening and Talk
Friday, February 15, 2019, 6:30–8pm
Paramount Theatre, Los Angeles
As part of the curated film program for Frieze Los Angeles, Tom Sachs’s Paradox Bullets (2018), directed by Van Neistat and narrated by Werner Herzog, will be screened in the historic Paramount Theatre. The short film follows a man, played by Ed Ruscha, who loses his keys in the Mojave Desert and has to use nine bullets, or rules, to get home. The screening will be followed by a conversation between Sachs, Herzog, and Neistat, moderated by Frieze editorial director, Jennifer Higgie. The event is free with fair admission.
Tom Sachs, Paradox Bullets, 2018 (still) © Tom Sachs
Making the Moonshot
Tom Sachs and Adam Savage with Joseph Becker
Saturday, January 19, 2019, 3pm
Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, San Francisco
As part of FOG Design+Art programming, Tom Sachs and Adam Savage will discuss their artistic practices with San Francisco Museum of Modern Art curator Joseph Becker. Becker is curating the museum’s upcoming exhibition Far Out: Suits, Habs, and Labs for Outer Space, which both Sachs and Savage will have work in. To attend the event, purchase tickets at fogfair.com.
Tom Sachs. Photo: Mario Sorrenti
April 20–June 23, 2019
Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery
This exhibition presents Tom Sachs’s distinctive reworking of the chanoyu, or traditional Japanese tea ceremony—including the myriad elements essential to that intensely ritualistic universe. This exhibition originated at the Noguchi Museum in New York.
Tom Sachs, Kabuto, 2015 © Tom Sachs. Photo: Genevieve Hanson
From Inner Worlds to Outer Space
September 13, 2018–January 20, 2019
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark
This large-scale exhibition highlights the role, the importance, and the fascinating power of the moon. The exhibition presents more than two hundred works and objects from the fields of visual art, film, music, literature, architecture, cultural history, design, and natural science. Work by Yves Klein, Man Ray, and Tom Sachs is included.
Man Ray, Le Monde, 1931 © Man Ray Trust/ADAGP, Paris, 2018/VISDA
October 7, 2017–June 10, 2018
Site Santa Fe
Future Shock is a large-scale exhibition of works that articulate the profound impact of the acceleration of technological, social, and structural change upon contemporary life. The exhibition brings together ten artists whose works imagine a range of visions of our present and future. Work by Andreas Gursky and Tom Sachs is included.
Andreas Gursky, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, 1997 © Andreas Gursky/2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
September 16, 2017–January 7, 2018
Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas
Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony presents Sachs’s distinctive reworking of the chanoyu, or traditional Japanese tea ceremony—including the myriad elements essential to that intensely ritualistic universe. During the course of the exhibition, the Nasher presented a series of public demonstrations in which Sachs or a colleague performed the tea ceremony for a few guests. The walls of the teahouse were removed for the occasion, enabling visitors to watch the ceremony as it unfolds.
Installation view, Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, September 16, 2017–January 7, 2018. Photo by Kevin Todora