• Arman

  • © Arman

    Déchets bourgeois - Et s'il n'en reste qu'un je serai celui-là, 1959

    Waste and rubbish in a glass box on a wooden base/
    58 × 40 × 8 cm.
    Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois, Paris

    Arman was born in 1928 in Nice. He died in 2005 in New York.

    “It was in 1959 that Arman accomplished his grand gesture of appropriation of the real and immediately attained the fundamental reality by ‘inventing’ the rubbish bin filled with highly suggestive contents. Waste, garbage, and detritus of all kinds are now the subject of Arman’s objective appropriation. [...] Do not be disappointed by the modesty of certain formats, by these glass vats that can only be filled with a few handfuls. [...] It is waste itself that he is dealing with, in its full sociological presence: by taking possession of it, through the gesture of selection, he extracts it from the banality of the everyday.” Pierre Restany, Arman et Raysse, catalogue Galerie Arturo Schwarz, 1961

    Photo : © Serge Veignant
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