ARMAN | UNTITLED
1928 - 2005
signed on the lower turning edge
brushes, acrylic paint, sliced violin on canvas in Plexiglas box
29½ by 22½ by 4¼ in. (74.9 by 57.2 by 10.8 cm)
Executed in 1995. This work is recorded in the Arman Studio Archives New York under number: APA# 8010.95.033
Please note that this work will be exhibited at Allan Stone Projects. Purchased items will be available for collection at Crozier Fine Arts, 1 Star Ledger Plaza, Newark, NJ as of Thursday, December 13th.
The work is in excellent condition. All elements are present and stable. Under ultraviolet light inspection, there is no evidence of restoration.
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New York, Allan Stone Projects, Arman and César, March - June 2015
Arman was a founding member of the Nouveau Réalisme movement that emerged in France in the 1960s in response to Pop Art, and he established himself with found object sculptures preoccupied with the consequences of mass consumption, called Accumulations. In these works, the quantities of objects and their repetition induce a sense of anarchy and instability, which highlights the dichotomous nature of rising prosperity and ease-of-life, against a backdrop of competing ideologies and nationalistic rivalries. Dense cumulative assemblage is a central theme that runs throughout the Allan Stone Collection, ranging from Arman and other contemporary artists to Folk Art memory vessels and African Congo nail fetishes. During a career that spanned five decades, Arman had over 600 solo-exhibitions, including retrospectives at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts in 1991 and at the Jeu de Paume, Paris, in 1998. His work is in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC, the Tate Modern, London, and the Centre Pompidou, Paris, among others.