Arman (1928-2005)

Violon Brule Dans Resine
Violon Brule Dans Resine

Violon Brule Dans Resine (Burned Violin and Bow In Resin), 2004; Burned violin and bow embedded in polyester resin; Signed Arman in white lower right; Inscribed Atelier Bocquel and incised 65/100 lower right verso; Recorded in the Arman Studio Archives under number APA# 8400.04.003; Size - Violin In Resin 29 1/4 x 11 1/2 x 2 1/4", Base 9 x 11 1/2 x 1 3/4"; Price On Request!

SOLD - Apollon Mecaniste
SOLD - Apollon Mecaniste

Apollon Mecaniste, 1993; Antique sculpture cast in bronze welded with gears; Signed Arman and numbered EA 3/10; Inscribed Atelier Bocquel; Recorded in the Arman Studio Archives under number APA# 8401.93.052; Size - 27" x 8" x 9"; SOLD!

SOLD - Color Strokes (Paint Brushes)
SOLD - Color Strokes (Paint Brushes)

Color Strokes (Paintbrushes), 1991; Accumulations of paint brushes and acrylic paint strokes in polyester, framed in black plexiglass with black plexiglass base; Incised with Arman signature and incised numbered 16/20 bottom right; Recorded in the Arman Studio Archives under number APA# 8400.91.084; Size - Sculpture 26 1/2 x 12 1/2 x 2 3/4", base 7 16 x 3/4"; SOLD!

SOLD - Cars Accumulation
SOLD - Cars Accumulation

Cars Accumulation, 1985; Accumulation of toy cars in polyester; Incised with Arman signature and incised numbered 47/75 bottom right; Size - Sculpture 12" x 9" x 3"; SOLD!

SOLD - Fiddlemania Portfolio
SOLD - Fiddlemania Portfolio

Complete Fiddlemania Portfolio, 1987; Set of three serigraphs on Rives vellum paper; Each signed Arman in pencil lower right and numbered 50/200 in pencil lower left; Published by GKM Editions, Sweden with stamp lower left; With colophon cover, numbered justification page, and titled folders; Size - Sheets 18" x 16 1/4"; Catalog Raisonne: Otmezguine/Moreau: 250 A, B, & C, pg. 297; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Full-Up
SOLD - Full-Up

Full-Up, 1960; Metal and foil assemblage (sardine can filled with refuse); Incised signed and numbered "No 16 Arman" on side; Total edition was 500; Custom black metal stand is included; Size - Sculpture 1 1/8" x 2 3/8" x 4 1/8"; SOLD!

SOLD - Demie Tasse - Blue
SOLD - Demie Tasse - Blue

Demie Tasse - Blue, 1990; Limoges Porcelain; Stamped signature and number to underside of each multiple element "Artes Magnus "Demi Tasse" Arman 105B/175 Fait a la main Limoges France"; Published by Artes Magnus; 21 - Piece breakfast service includes: Tea Pot (9½ x 9 x 4"), Creamer (7 x 5 x 2½"), Sugar Bowl, 6 Cups & 6 Saucers (Cup 2 x 4 x 2½"), and 6 Side Plates (1 x 9"); Includes All Original Boxes; SOLD!

SOLD - Sans Titre
SOLD - Sans Titre

Sans Titre, circa 1978; Serigraph on grey vellum paper; Signed Arman in pencil lower right and numbered 95/150 in pencil lower left; Published by Jackie Fine Arts, NY; Framed floated on an acid free black linen mat, a gold and black wood frame, and UV conservation clear glass; Size - Sheet 25 1/4" x 39", Frame 33 1/2" x 47"; Catalog Raisonne: Otmezguine/Moreau: 125, pg. 164; SOLD!

SOLD - Arman Rubber Stamp
SOLD - Arman Rubber Stamp

Arman Rubber Stamp, 1996; Limited edition multiple of a paint brush rubber stamp; With original wood box and text label; The Stamp Art Museum and Gallery - San Francisco, CA; Size - Box: 4 x 11 x 2 3/8, Rubber stamp: 5/8 x 8 x 7/8"; SOLD!

SOLD - Tubes Watch
SOLD - Tubes Watch

Tubes; Limited edition Lito Swiss quartz movement and water resistant watch; Arman printed signature on the paint tube face and engraved on the brown leather band; Engraved numbered 417/999 on the dial verso; With original box and Certificate of Authenticity; LITO Paris, France; Battery replaced on 2/18/19; Size - Watch Dial: 1 1/4" diameter; SOLD!

SOLD-Demie Tasse Dinner Plates Blue
SOLD-Demie Tasse Dinner Plates Blue

Demie Tasse Dinner Plates - Blue, 1990; Limoges Porcelain; Stamped signature and number to underside of each multiple element "Artes Magnus "Demi Tasse" Arman 13B/175 Fait a la main Limoges France"; Published by Artes Magnus; 6 Dinner Plates, Each: 12 1/4 x 6 3/4 x 1"; Includes Original Box; SOLD!

SOLD - Paint Tubes Brooch
SOLD - Paint Tubes Brooch

Paint Tubes Brooch, 1996; Three multi-colored enameled aluminum tubes with a pin back closure; Stamped Arman signature and copyright 1996 ARMAN verso; Size - Brooch: 2 1/2 x 1 1/2"; Jnf Productions Editeur; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Paint Tube Necklace
SOLD - Paint Tube Necklace

Paint Tube Necklace, 2001; Seven multi-colored enameled aluminum tubes on silver-plated collar necklace (multiple); Stamped signature and date on back of each tube; 7" x 5 1/2"; Publisher: Flammarion Editions, Paris; SOLD!

SOLD - Violin Scroll Necklace
SOLD - Violin Scroll Necklace

Violin Scroll Necklace, 2001; Sterling silver violin scroll pendant; Stamped signature and date on the pendant; 7" x 5 1/2"; Publisher: Flammarion Editions, Paris; SOLD!

Arman Paintbrushes sculpture original signed and numbered

Color Strokes (Paintbrushes), 1991; Accumulations of paint brushes and acrylic paint strokes in polyester, framed in black plexiglass with black plexiglass base; Incised with Arman signature and incised numbered 16/20 bottom right; Recorded in the Arman Studio Archives under number APA# 8400.91.084; Measurements: Sculpture 26 1/2 x 12 1/2 x 2 3/4", base 7 16 x 3/4".
 

New Realism was an art movement that started in France in 1960 with Pierre Restany writing it's original manifesto which proclaimed: "Nouveau Realisme -new ways of perceiving the real." This group of artists was interested in new ways in which to create art, and in the process subvert the status quo. The artist Arman was one of the original founding members and he was known for his "accumulations" and for his destruction/recomposition of ordinary objects. For what he called his "Coupes (cuts)" he featured objects with a strong "identity" such as musical instruments, with the violin being his most famous subject matter. These objects were then transformed by slicing, smashing, or burning them in order to further activate the form and therefore present them in an entirely new state. 

The 1940's were dominated by the first American Art movement, abstract expressionism. The group of artists were divided into two camps, the abstractionists which preferred color and simple forms to carry the work; and the expressionists which were interested in the line created as the result of movement or gesture. The expressionist group were further divided into artists that preferred the Jackson Pollock way of working, with no brush (ie. brushstrokes) and simple expressionist movements; and the Willem de Kooning way of working, which was using bold brushstrokes that could be seen in the completed work. The entire movement was oppossed to the traditional European formal painting, where the goal was

not to have a single brushstroke seen. By the time the 1960's rolled around, the PoP Art movement was dominated by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein; both of whom preferered to not even use a brush, but rather the silkscreen in order to make sure that the completed works had a very mechanical and commercial feel. This way of making art assured that not only were brushstrokes not seen, the artwork itself suggested a totally commercial means of production.

Roy Lichtenstein produced paintings of large brushstrokes as subject matter and Andy Warhol went even further by making the subject matter of his paintings the actual supplies used to make art.  Warhol's idea was a painting of the supplies used to make a painting, an open watercolor kit with brushes and the dried colored pigment discs.  Arman would go even further with this sculpture.  He has  suspended paintbrushes and the brushstroke created by them, into a sculptural acrylic block.

This work "Color Strokes (Paintbrushes), 1991" is an iconic work by Arman.  It features a series of thirteen black handled paint brushes loaded in green, black, yellow, red, or orange paint that have made a single brush stroke and then embedded into a block of polyester resin.  The work is signed by Arman and numbered from the edition of only 20.  The unique presentation, of a brushes and brushstrokes floating in space; allows the viewer to see the objects from multiple views.

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