Blurring the Boundaries of Form and Function at Allan Stone Projects
Arman was a French-born American artist born in Nice on November 17, 1928. He is best known for his "accumulations" of vast quantities of the same object illustrated in sculpture and for the destruction/recomposition of objects. An example is a collection of axes welded together called “Avalanch” at Tel Aviv University. In the 1960s, after moving to New York City, he was associated with the movement Nouveau Realism, along with Yves Klein, Jean Tinguely, and later Christo. His works have exhibited widely internationally and can be seen in the permanent collections of Washington D.C.’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, New York’s Museum of Modern Art, and the Boca Raton Museum of Art. He died in New York City on October 22, 2005 at age 76.
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Arman (born Armand Pierre Fernandez) was an early proponent of accumulation and scatter art. In 1959, he began displaying collections of objects in Plexiglas cases and creating installations of strewn garbage, which he called “Poubelles,” or “trash bins.” He also welded identical objects together to create larger sculptural pieces. In 1961, along with Yves Klein, Jean Tinguely, Jacques Villeglé, art critic Pierre Restany, and others, Arman founded Nouveau Réalisme, a group interested in new approaches to the concept of “reality.” Spending time in New York in the 1960s, Arman adopted destruction as a strategy for creating something new—slicing, burning, and smashing objects such as bronze statues and musical instruments to mount on canvas. Andy Warhol owned two of Arman’s Poubelles, and Arman appears in the Warhol’s 1964 film Dinner at Daley’s.
French, 1928-2005, Nice, France