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Arman

Arman (American/French, 1928–2005) was born Armand Pierre Fernandez in Nice, and became an American citizen in 1973. The artist is best known for his sculptures made from the accumulation, combustion, or destruction of ordinary objects. Arman studied at the Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs in Nice and at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris, where he concentrated on archaeology and Asian art. In the early 1960s, he signed the New Realism manifesto along with fellow artists Yves Klein (French, 1928–1962), Martial Raysse (French, b.1936), and Jean Tinguely (French, 1925–1991). Later joined by César (French, 1921–1998) and Christo, the movement sought to bring ordinary life and art closer together, and offered reflections on the degradation of humanistic values due to industrialization and consumerism.

In his Accumulations series, Arman compiled similar or identical objects, sometimes cast in polyester or trapped in Plexiglas. The Colères and Coupes series correspond to Arman’s pursuit of creation through destruction. Singular objects, such as musical instruments, would be sliced, smashed, or burned, and then reassembled. Late in his career, Arman returned to painting, and produced a large number of works in which the paint tubes or brushes were used to apply pigment, and then pasted directly onto the canvas. Arman’s works are in the collections of some of the most prestigious museums around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Tate Gallery in London, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

 
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Colere Europa

Bronze

81/99

H: 73 cm

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Bambole

2001

Dolls inclusion

22/100

32 x 42 cm

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Trompettes Decoupees

1989

Bronze

68/100

60 x 25 x 28 cm

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Table Violons

Bronze

76 x 55 x 55 cm

Violon Rotschild

Bronze

52/99

H: 70 cm

 
 
 

EXHIBITIONS

 

2013

  • "Arman: Cycles" Paul Kasmin Nallery, New York, NY (solo)

2011

  • Museum Tinguely, Basel (solo)

2010–2011

  • Centre Pompidou, Paris (solo)

2008

  • Arman: The Day After, Helly Nahmad Gallery, New York, NY (solo)

  • Connaught Brown Gallery, London, UK (solo)

2007

  • Arman. Photographs Friends, French Institute alliance française, New York, NY (solo)

  • Arman. Polychromes, Imago Gallery, Palm Desert, CA (solo)

  • New Realism, The Hannover Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany

2006

  • Arman. Armand Fernandez, Yeh Gallery, Seoul, South Korea (solo)

  • Hommage à Arman 1928-2005, Galleri GKM, Malmö, Sweden (solo)

  • Subida al Cielo, Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, Nice, France (solo)

  • Arman : No Comment, Galerie Georges-Philippe et Nathalie Vallois, Paris, France

  • A Tribute to Arman, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY (solo)

  • Arman. Les inédits. Collection de Jean Ferrero, La Malmaison, Cannes, France (solo)

2004

  • Pinturas, Marlborough Gallery, Madrid, Spain (solo)
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  • Interactives and Serious Paintings, Imago Galleries, CA (solo)

  • Arman. Peintures, Marlborough Gallery, Monaco, France (solo)

  • Arman Armé, Historial de la Grande Guerre, Péronne, France (solo)

  • Arman. Photographe, Théatre de la Photographie et de l’Image, Nice, France (solo)

  • Arman Armé, Musée des Beaux Arts, Reims, France (solo)

2003

  • Arman, Musée d’Art Contemporain, Téhéran, Iran (solo)

  • Sans Papiers d’Arman, Artsoum Galerie, Nice, France (solo)

  • Arman. A Survey 1954-2002, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY (solo)

2002

  • Les Cycles de Vie, Galerie Anne Lettrée, Paris, France (solo)

  • Arman. Musique, Kunsthaus Grenchen, Grenchen, Switzerland (solo)

  • Africarmania, Galerie Beaubourg, Paris, France; Château Notre-Dame-des-Fleurs, Vence, France (solo)

2001

  • Fondacio La Caixa, Barcelona, Spain (solo)

  • La Traversée des Objets, Château de Villeneuve, Vence, France (solo)

  • New Works : Sandwich Combos, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY (solo)

  • Arman. Passage à l’acte, Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, Nice, France (solo)

  • The Magic of Objects, Galleri GKM, Malmö, Sweden (solo)

  • Arman. Through and across objets, Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL (solo)

  • D'Après I'Antique, The Louvre Museum, Paris, France

2000

  • Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand-MASP, Sao Paulo, Brazil (solo)

  • National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan (solo)

  • Arman. Works on paper, Ludwig Museum im Deutschherrenhaus, Koblenz, Germany (solo)

  • Arman : Racine Carrée de fragments, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France (solo)

  • Arman. Fragmentations, Galerie Georges-Philippe et Nathalie Vallois, Paris, France (solo)

1999

  • Arman, Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israël (solo)

  • Nec Mergitur, Galerie Piltzer, Paris, France (solo)

  • Arman, Galerie d’Art Contemporain de l’Espace Culturel François Mitterand, Beauvais, France (solo)

1998

  • Arman, Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris, France (traveled to Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwighafen, Germany; Culturgest, Lisbonne, Portugal; Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israël; Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand-MASP, Sao Paulo, Brazil; National Museum of History, Taiwan) (solo)

  • Variations sur un Lénine, Galerie Patrice Trigano, Paris, France (solo)

  • Arman, Culturgest, Lisbonne, Portugal (solo)

1997

  • Arman. Cascades, Ilena Sonnabend Gallery, New York, NY (solo)

  • Arman ‘Trésors cachés', Galerie Enrico Navarra, Paris, France (solo)

  • Arman : Accumulations in Relation, The James Mayor Gallery, London, UK (solo)

  • Arman. Sculptures Interactives, Galerie Rachlin-Lemarié, Paris, France (solo)

  • Arman : Interactives and Bicycle Paintings, Yeh Gallery, Seoul, South Korea (solo)

1996

  • Arman. Interactives, Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, NY (solo)

  • Arman : Accumulations de collections et Transculptures, Galerie Guy Pieters, Knokke-Le-Zoute, Belgium (solo)

  • The Exhibition of International Sculpture Master, Arman, Modern Art Gallery, Taichung, Taiwan (solo)

1995

  • Arman ‘Accumulations Renault’ 1967-1970, Galerie Georges-Philippe et Nathalie Vallois, Paris, France (solo)

  • Arman. Starry Night Hommage aan Van Gogh, Reflex Modern Art Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (solo)

  • Arman. Starry Night, Ace Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA (solo)

  • Arman. Monumental Aquatints 1989-1993, Avanti Galleries Inc., New York, NY (solo)

  • Arman, Galerie 3, Athènes, Greece (solo)

1994

  • Arman: Retrospective Works, IN Kahn Gallery, New York, NY (solo)

  • Arman au Musée des Tapisseries, Musée des Tapisseries, Aix-en-Provence, France (solo)

  • Arman : Starry Night, Marisa del Re Gallery, New York, NY (solo)

  • Arman. La Nuit Etoilée, Galerie Beaubourg, Paris, France; Château Notre-Dame-des-Fleurs, Vence , France (solo)

  • Arman. Pintura e Escultura, Galerie 111, Lisbonne, Portugal (solo)

1993

  • Arman. Concerto per mitologie e futuri prossimi, Elleni Galleria d’Arte, Bergame, Italy (solo)

  • Arman. Les Accumulations de Collections, Galerie Beaubourg, Paris, France; Château Notre-Dame-des-Fleurs, Vence , France (solo)

  • Arman, Galerie Pascal Retelet, Charleroi, Belgium (solo)

1992

  • Arman 1955-1991 : A Retrospective, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX (traveled to The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI (solo)

  • Brushworks, Riva Yares Gallery, Scottdale, AZ (solo)

  • Archéologie du future, Galerie Beaubourg,Paris, France (solo)

  • Arman. New Accumulations, Ilena Sonnabend Gallery, New York , NY (solo)

  • Arman Cycles, Marisa del Re Gallery, New York, NY (solo)

  • Arman. Accumulations Colères 1960-1975, Galerie Véronique Maxé, Paris, France (solo)

  • Cordes vibrantes, Galleri GKM, Malmö, Sweden (solo)

1991

  • Arman. Pinturas Sucias, Galerie Freites, Caracas, Venezuela

  • Arman in Italy, Fondazione Mudima, Milan, Italy; B. & S. Gallery, Venice, Italy (solo)