Tom Friedman

Tom Friedman

American
b. 1965
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Overview

Celebrated for his playful and exacting approach to art making, Tom Friedman embraces everyday life by looking afresh at familiar objects and their assigned function.

Celebrated for his playful and exacting approach to art making, Tom Friedman embraces everyday life by looking afresh at familiar objects and their assigned function.

Tom Friedman was born in 1965 in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA. He lives and works in Massachusetts.

Fluctuating between the comical and conceptual, Friedman’s meticulously rendered drawings and sculptures recreate random elements from his daily life and surroundings. Confounding expectations through startling trompe l'oeil, Friedman’s works reveal his remarkable attention to detail and handicraft. What might first appear to be a simple, stable structure is, on closer inspection, intricately constructed from unexpected materials such as Styrofoam, flock, wire or even the artist’s own hair.

Inhabiting the boundary between reality and illusion, Friedman’s playful works challenge everyday processes of perception and notions of artistic value. Friedman explains, “Art, for me, is a context to slow the viewer’s experience from their everyday life in order to think about things they haven’t thought about. Or to think in a new way.”

Selected Artworks

Tom Friedman

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Art Basel Miami Beach
Art fairs
5–8 December 2019

Art Basel

Miami Beach
Galleries, Booth F25 Kabinett Denzil Forrester, Booth F25 Meridians Tom Friedman, M16 For Art Basel Miami Beach 2019, Stephen Friedman Gallery (Booth F25) presents a selection of artists including Juan Araujo, Tonico...
Florida, F25
Art Basel Miami Beach Meridians, Tom Friedman
Art fairs
3–8 December 2019

Art Basel Miami Beach

Meridians, Tom Friedman
For the first edition of Meridians, the gallery presents a large-scale installation by American artist Tom Friedman titled ‘Cocktail Party' (M16). Described by the artist as a 'living cartoon' and intended to...
Florida
Art Basel
Art fairs
13–16 June 2019

Art Basel

For Art Basel 2019, Stephen Friedman Gallery (Hall 2.1, Booth K4) presents a selection of artists including Mamma Andersson, Melvin Edwards, Andreas Eriksson, Denzil Forrester, Tom Friedman, Wayne Gonzales, Jim Hodges, Deborah...
Basel, Hall 2.1, K4
Art Basel Miami Beach
Art fairs
6–9 December 2018

Art Basel Miami Beach

For Art Basel Miami Beach 2018, Stephen Friedman Gallery (Booth F23) will present a selection of artists including Tonico Lemos Auad, Andreas Eriksson, Manuel Espinosa, Tom Friedman, Wayne Gonzales, Ilona Keserü, Yinka...
Florida, F23
Frieze New York Tom Friedman
Art fairs
3–6 May 2018

Frieze New York

Tom Friedman
Stephen Friedman Gallery presents a solo presentation by Tom Friedman as part of ‘For your Infotainment' at Frieze New York 2018. Curated by Matthew Higgs this special section of the fair celebrates...
New York, FY19
Art Basel Miami Beach
Art fairs
7–10 December 2017

Art Basel Miami Beach

For Art Basel Miami Beach 2017 Stephen Friedman Gallery will present new work by Tonico Lemos Auad, Andreas Eriksson, Tom Friedman, Channing Hansen, Jim Hodges, Rivane Neuenschwander, Ged Quinn, Yinka Shonibare MBE,...
Florida, A15, Hall D
Art Basel Miami Beach
Art fairs
1–4 December 2016

Art Basel Miami Beach

Stephen Friedman Gallery is delighted to participate in Art Basel Miami Beach 2016. We will be showing works by the artists below, alongside a spotlight presentation of Manuel Espinosa as part of...
Florida, E4, Hall C
Art Basel
Art fairs
16–19 June 2016

Art Basel

Stephen Friedman Gallery is proud to announce its participation in Art Basel 2016, stand L11. Figuration is the focus of one part of the stand featuring all new works including; an animation...
Basel, L11, Hall 2.1.
Art Basel Miami Beach
Art fairs
3–6 December 2015

Art Basel Miami Beach

Stephen Friedman Gallery is participating in Art Basel Miami Beach. Preview Wednesday 2 December. Exhibiting artists include: Mamma Andersson Juan Araujo Tonico Lemos Auad Stephan Balkenhol Huma Bhabha Melvin Edwards Andreas Eriksson...
Florida, E4, Hall C
Frieze London
Art fairs
14–17 October 2015

Frieze London

Tom Friedman at Frieze London ‘Cocktail Party' is a new sculpture by renowned American artist Tom Friedman conceived especially for Frieze London 2015. The work features twenty-six life-size figures enjoying a lively...
London, C6
SP-Arte
Art fairs
8–12 April 2015

SP-Arte

Pavilhão Ciccillo Matarazzo, Parque do Ibirapuera, Portão 3, São Paulo, Brazil Stephen Friedman Gallery is delighted to be exhibiting at SP-Arte 2015 with new work by Tonico Lemos Auad; Stephan Balkenhol; Melvin...
São Paulo, Brazil, H04

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