Tom Sachs

Tom Sachs

Printed Matter, Inc.

November 18, 2003

Holiday Spectacular
Tom Sachs

22/11/2003 - 23/12/2003

Printed Matter, Inc.
535 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011
212 925 0325 tel
212 925 0464 fax

Opening Event at Printed Matter, Inc.

Saturday, November 22, 2002, 6 to 8 PM


Holiday Spectacular

An Exhibition of the work of Tom Sachs

at Printed Matter, Inc.

Saturday, November 22 December 23, 2003

Opening Reception Saturday November 22, 6 8 PM

Printed Matter is very pleased to announce Holiday Spectacular, an installation of work by Tom Sachs. The exhibition opens with a reception on Saturday, November 22, 2003, from 6 to 8 PM, and continues through December 23, 2003. Showcasing a selection of Official Tom Sachs merchandise and artworks from his recent Nutsys installation at the Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin, the exhibition will also transform Printed Matter into a giant listening booth for the Holiday Season. Two Califone turntables and selections of Tom Sachs Classic Vinyl classic and rare Reggae and Dub records will be set up for visitors to Printed Matter to play while they see the show. On opening night, Selector Ras Kush and Selector Joe Hova will spin Dub music on the infamous Tom Sachs Guru Yard Style Sound system.

Tom Sachs is an artist whose work operates on the do-it-yourself principle of bricolage. His Nutsys installation, originally commissioned by the Bohen Foundation, New York and re-created for the Deutsche Guggenheim this past summer, used foam core, hot glue, plywood, steel, scavenged street lumber, asphalt, a radar gun, liquor, turntables and LPs, to build a 4,000-square-foot pavilion hosting, among other feats of down home engineering, a 1:25 scale model of Le Corbusiers Unité dHabitation and a homemade, fully operational McDonalds. Viewer-operated remote-control cars sped through this expertly hand-crafted universe on an elevated racetrack through a model ghetto and modernist art park with mandatory stops along the way at the bong-hit station and piss station.

Nutsys and Sachs work in general is deeply, if ambivalently, engaged with questions of mass production and consumption. By playing the resourcefulness of bricolage off of the grandiosity of modernism and the banality of consumer culture, he simultaneously critiques, embraces and re-invents the world. This world, like the world from which it is maniacally spun off, is governed by its own set of rules and esthetic criteria. The Nutsys Seal of Approval is Tom Sachs boundary-blurring brand, and for the holiday season Printed Matter is offering Nutsys Approved selections from our inventory along with everything you need to participate in the official Nutsys Holiday Spectacular: sharpies, lighters, patches, stickers, tape, wrapping paper, posters, post cards and even an official, limited edition Nutsys remote control racecar.

Support for this exhibition and catalogue have been generously provided from Mickey and Janice Cartin, and Furthmore: A Program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund.

All Nutsys Approved products are available for purchase at Printed Matter, through our catalog and on our website at For additional information, please contact David Platzker, Executive Director, Printed Matter, Inc., at (212) 925-0325.

Printed Matter, Inc. is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1976 by artists and art workers with the mission to foster the appreciation, dissemination, and understanding of artists’ books and other artists’ publications.

Printed Matter has received support, in part, through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York Arts Recovery Fund, The Altria Group, Inc., Art for Arts Sake, Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, The Cowles Charitable Trust, Fifth Floor Foundation, Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, Heyday Foundation, JP Morgan Chase, The New York Community Trust, LEF Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Womens Studio Workshop, and private foundations and individuals worldwide.

Printed Matter, Inc. is not affiliated with, nor a division of, any other non-profit organization

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