Tom Sachs: Animals

A catalog produced for the 2008 exhibition Animals by Tom Sachs. In ANIMALS, Sachs continues to explore his signature appropriation of popular consumer objects, iconography, and signage. Logos, such as Spyderco, Bösendorfer, and Raytheon, along with images of the U.S. dollar bill, are boldly inserted into his paintings and sculptures. In Assaulting (2007), a punitive warning is transformed into a formal composition. Also on view are a number of white foamcore 'paintings' reconstituted from smashed models of the popular animated characters Hello Kitty, Miffy, and My Melody. In discussing his work ethic with critic, Germano Celant, Sachs says: '…I often build things in the 'wrong' way. […] There is an honesty and a soulfulness to doing it yourself.' Design by Tom Sachs with glossary by Mark van de Walle. Sperone Westwater, 2008

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