Gouache on black paper
25 5/8 x 19 3/4 in, 65 x 50 cm
Regarded as one of the most prolific and inventive artists of the late 20th century, Arman’s vast artistic output ranges from drawings, prints, paintings, public sculptures and of course his...
Regarded as one of the most prolific and inventive artists of the late 20th century, Arman’s vast artistic output ranges from drawings, prints, paintings, public sculptures and of course his famous “accumulations” of found objects. An integral part of the “Nouveau Réalisme” movement of the 1960’s, Arman, alongside peers Tinguely, Spoerri, Christo and great friend Yves Klein, sought to discover new horizons within the everyday. The Nouveau Réalistes, taking their lead from Dada and Surrealism, constituted a vital stage in the evolution of object art; glorified most famously by the American Pop artists of the sixties.
Music and its associated objects have always been important to Arman. He drew intense inspiration from the sinuous shapes of string and brass instruments and harnessed his longstanding appreciation for music to create works of cellos, violins, and guitars. Related objects such as sheet music are often included to further evoke their subjects.
Arman’s works on paper offer a fascinating insight into his use of paint. Whether preliminary drafts, autonomous experimentation, or collage relating to 3D pieces, works on paper form a crucial component within his oeuvre. Objects are dragged across or imprinted on the paper, allowing Arman an especial and original freedom from physical form. Representation is not the intention, Arman is instead interested in the traces of touch and motion that result from the now no longer visible objects being thrown on the canvas.
Through his unique use of paint and interplay on the objects associated with it, Arman redefines the term painter and shatters the traditional confines of the medium.
Private Collection, France
Koblenz, Ludwig Museum Im Deutschherrenhaus, Arman - Works on paper, 3 December 2000 - 11 February 2001
This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity (A/S: YV30.016 / APA#: 1002.72.001) issued by the Arman Studio Archives, signed by Corice Canton Arman and dated 30 March 2017
B. Reifenscheide, Arman - Works on paper, Bielefeld, Kerber Verlag, 2000, p.57