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  • Tom Sachs, Toyans Jr., 2001, casters, plywood, resin, hardware, stereo components, earmuffs, and fire ax, 73 1⁄2 x 103 x 23 1⁄2".

    Tom Sachs, Toyans Jr., 2001, casters, plywood, resin, hardware, stereo components, earmuffs, and fire ax, 73 1⁄2 x 103 x 23 1⁄2".

    Tom Sachs

    Fondazione Prada
    Largo Isarco 2
    April 6–June 15, 2006

    Curated by Germano Celant

    Mock-machismo American Tom Sachs is about to hit Europe with a double-barrel survey. The first assault, curated by Gunnar B. Kvaran, Grete Årbu, and Hanne Beate for Oslo’s Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, launches mid-January with a broad selection of incendiary objects parodically misappropriating high- and low-class power signs (think Chanel value meal and Prada toilet). The second offensive, at the Fondazione Prada, features the artist’s more megalomaniacal constructions, including a nitrous-powered police car and new works like a one-to-seven scale model of an aircraft-carrier control tower and a full-size replica of the blue whale that hangs in New York’s American Museum of Natural History. An inveterate iconoclast with a Monacelli monograph in the works, Sachs has developed a brand power that looks set to outstrip his quarry’s.