Arman was an American-French artist best known for his unique style of found-object sculpture. The artist gathered forks, instruments, and teapots which he staged within vitrines.His work—strongly influenced by Dada, and in turn a strong influence on Pop Art.
Born Armand Pierre Fernandez on November 17, 1928 in Nice, France, The son of an antiques dealer and amateur cellist, the artist absorbed an intense appreciation for music, the art of collecting and the cultivation of discriminating taste from an early age. After studies at the Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs in Nice, Arman decamped to Paris to study art history at the Ecole du Louvre. His work in these early years focused on abstract paintings inspired by the work of Nicolas de Staël. While studying judo he met the artist Yves Klein, who would help him form the Nouveau Réalisme group along Jean Tinguely. Initially an abstract painter. In the early 1960s, the artist began a series of works aimed at critiquing of consumerism, waste, and mass production, known as poubelles, or trash cans. The artist became a citizen of the United States in 1973, living in New York and working for Amnesty International for a number of years. Arman died on October 22, 2005 in New York, NY. Today, his works are held in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Tate Gallery in London, and the Musée d’Art Moderne ed d’Art Contemporain in Nice, among others.
November 17, 1928
October 22, 2005
New York, USA