|Voyage en France, 1963
metal wine bottle seals in polyester,
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
|ARMAN (b. 1928), New York, NY|
|Among the numerous museum collections worldwide featuring work by Arman are the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; The Metropolitan Museum Art and The Museum of Modern Art, both New York; Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection, Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Kansas; St. Louis Museum of Art, Missouri; Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana; Museum Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Nationale Gallery, Berlin and Tate Gallery, London, England.
A world renown sculptor and painter associated with the New Realists, an avante garde group that flourished in Europe during the mid 20th century, Arman is recognized for his ‘accumulations’ of like-objects encased in plastic or resins; mixed media constructions; sliced bronze sculptural forms; and ‘destructions.’ Arman played an active role in many of the art movements occurring during the 1950s to 1970s which significantly effected the evolution of 20th century art.
His first sculptural works called ‘accumulations’ were begun in 1959, and the idea of using collections of multiple like-objects has been a reccurring theme in his work ever since. He has collected trash, nostalgic objects and more recently massed-produced objects for his sculpture, the latter, possibly reflective of the excesses of modern life. Arman’s selection of specific objects often had political, social or personal meanings, and the random placement of these objects into clear containers also provided an element of chance in his work.
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