Publication Date: February 24, 2009
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For over a decade, Sachs has pondered the technical ingenuity and romance with the unknown that brought America the Apollo program. This publication documents the culmination of his research: the realization of his own life-size Space Program, comprised of three main sculptural elements (Lunar Module, Mission Control, and Space Suit) and a Flight Plan, all put to use during a live demonstration of a lunar landing. In his exuberant manufacture of objects and scenarios, Sachs asks barbed questions of modern creativity that relate to conception, production, consumption, and circulation. Space Program features 797 full-color and 30 black-and-white images; a conversation among Buzz Aldrin, Tom Sachs, and Louise Neri; a critical essay by Arthur C. Danto, contextualizing this work among the artist’s contemporaries; and a comprehensive discussion of the work by Mark Van de Walle. These are accompanied by appendices that provide a full visual and descriptive account of the innumerable components that make up Sachs’s work and illustrate the artist’s related drawings and source materials.
Tom Sachs’ work has been included in many exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad, and has been collected by several museums including the Guggenheim, the Whitney, the Pompidou, and the San Francisco MOMA, among others.
"Last week’s book ‘launch’ for “Space Program,” a record of the sculptor Tom Sachs’s foray into space exploration, was, somewhat fittingly, a mixture of naïveté and authenticity. At 192 Books, in Chelsea, hot chocolate was served at the door and the only reserved seat was for Michael Stipe, the lead singer of R.E.M. who once sang about a man on the moon." ~The New Yorker
"The book – as the project – is deadpan great. It’s a gorgeous book that documents Team Sachs’ spacey achievement at Gagosian Gallery." ~ArtBlog.com
"To celebrate Rizzoli's recently published accompanying catalog, Sachs joins Bill Powers and Andy Spade for a panel discussion and signing at New York's 192 Books." ~Men.style.com