Tobias Wong

Tobias Wong’s work is clever, unique, humorous, and is able to balance between art and design. He commented on our culture within consumerism in a way that was funny, critical and with beautiful execution. It is such a tragedy he ended his own life last year at the young age of 35. Who knows what kind of amazing work he would of created.

Arguably contemporary design’s most nimble provocateur, Tobias Wong staged his debut in 2001 and continued — until his untimely death at age 35 in 2010 — to produce an extraordinary body of work he designated “paraconceptual” and “postinteresting.” Drawing inspiration from various anti-art practices, Wong probed and subverted design’s complicity with the culture of late capitalism, exposing its smoke and mirrors while exercising his own sleight of hand. With a unique mix of critical intelligence, courage, sincerity, and mischief, as well as a cadre of talented collaborators, Wong steadily pursued his obsession with the interplay of anxiety and consumerism in the years following 9/11. The allure of luxury goods; the cult of the celebrity designer; the stubborn failure of objects to provide the benefits demanded of them: these are among the concerns he explored across a protean body of work that encompassed objects, furniture, lighting, jewelry, installation, and performance. This is the first in-depth presentation of Wong’s work in a museum and will be presented alongside an exhibition drawn from the permanent collection called ParaDesign.

A survey of his work is now showing at SFMOMA through June 19th.

**Italicized text is from the SFMOMA website.
**Images are from Tobias Wong’s website


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