Tom Sachs - Contemporary Art Part II New York Thursday, November 13, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris / Salzburg; Private collection, France

  • Exhibited

    New York, Thomas Healy Gallery, May 8 - June 6, 1998; Paris, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, January 16 - February 27, 1999: Tom Sachs: Creativity is the Enemy

  • Literature

    G. O'Brien, Tom Sachs: Creativity Is the Enemy, Paris, 1999, p. 26; J. Szabo, "Tom Sachs", Elle Decor, October 1999, pp. 92-98

  • Catalogue Essay

    I really believe you have your God-given talent and then you have your job, and your job is to bring your talent to the world. The fashion packaging was a way to report on culture. I thought I’d give the world this information through my bricolage stuff. Which is what the building of the guns was about too. I mean, I watch TV. Then with the Sony Outsider I thought, Okay, I’m going to expand this idea and make it more violent and aggressive and difficult I’ll make a perfect full-scale model of the atomic bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki, but I’ll make it Sony. It’s like cargo-cult shit. We don’t just drop bombs, we drop culture, and that’s how we erase culture. … All of us are just chipping away at this thing that is much bigger. It’s like a sci-fi movie with some giant art alien, where all these themes are blown apart and make the universe understandable to everyone. That’s when all of us are going to be out of business. It’ll be great—we’ll have this incredible global consciousness of peace. Just like in James Cameron’s film The Abyss.
    Tom Sachs, in interview with Jon Kessler, Bomb, issue 83, Spring 2003


Chanel Fountain

Foamcore, cut shopping bags and thermal adhesive. 
12 3/4 x 20 x 12 1/2 in. (32.4 x 50.8 x 31.8 cm).
Signed and dated on the reverse "Tom Sachs 1998" on the reverse. 

$70,000 - 90,000 

Sold for $81,700

Contemporary Art Part II

14 Nov 2008, 10am & 2pm
New York