Opening as we speak, the Marais location of Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac is hosting the reception for Tom Sachs’ new show. The title of the new works, American Handmade Paintings, speaks to the NY-based sculptor’s use of American iconography as well as the way his pieces are meticulously constructed. Highlighted in this seventh solo with the Paris showspace are two techniques often seen in the versatile artist’s practice – pyrography and marquetry – respectively, the use of fire as a drawing tool and the complex assemblages pre-painted inlaid elements. It is often the form of second expertise from Sachs that takes our breath away with the skill in which he can duplicate objects with unconventional materials (as seen above with the Honda generator).
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