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Arman
1928-2005

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About the artist

Armand Pierre Fernandez, known as Arman, born November 17, 1928 in Nice. Arman discovers art very early. His father, second-hand goods dealer, art and music lover introduced him to painting from the age of 10. In 1946, he studied at the Decorative Arts in Nice and continued between 1949 and 1950 at the Ecole du Louvre.

At the end of 1957, Arman signed his works with his first name in homage to Van Gogh, but on the cover of a 1958 catalogue, following a typo, “Armand” became “Arman”, a name he kept thereafter. In 1960, he becomes co-founder of the New Realists group who advocated the use of recycled materials, including: François Dufrêne, Raymond Hains, Martial Raysse, Daniel Spoerri, Jean Tinguely Jacques Villeglé, César, Mimmo Rotella Niki de Saint Phalle Gerard Deschamps and Christo.

In 1959, Armand introduced garbage into his works: His “Trash cans” are transparent boxes containing rubbish and composite portraits of his friends made from their own waste. He goes a step further by filling the Iris Clert gallery in Paris with rubbish.

He began making blends in 1961.
His technique consists of breaking / destroying / burning / cutting and then assembling everyday objects on canvas: Chair, double bass, broken / exploded / cut violin in thin slices, etc… Entitled “Colères”. He accumulates and piles up worthless objects: Bottle caps, glass boxes, pieces of  transparent plastic, tubes of tablets, gas masks, dollar bills, crucifixes, etc.

 In the 1980s, he sliced ​​bronze sculptures. He does
erect gigantic towers-urban monuments out of violins, clocks or cars
Arman thus invests the public spaces of nearly a hundred cities in the world by producing monumental works. In the early nineties, he constitutes “Collections” and presents installations of paintings, coffee pots and various objects.

Arman died in New York on October 22, 2005 in his apartment building in Tribeca.

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