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Lot 26: Arman, “Bayou,” Mixed Media, 1991
27 October 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Acrylic paint and paint tubes on canvas.
Arman (b.1928 - d.2005) - American/French artist
Provenance: Michelle Rosenfeld, Inc., New Jersey
Dimensions: 48 ¾ x 38 ¼ x 4 in (123.83 x 97.16 x 10.16 cm)
Very good condition.
Arman’s “Bayou” fits intriguingly into the artist’s body of work, made up largely of sculptures crafted through the destruction and subsequent reassembling of quotidian objects. Here, Arman has created a playful painting-cum-sculpture from crushed paint tubes and their contents. Appropriately, given Arman’s interest in the work of Marcel Duchamp, “Bayou” toys with the viewer’s expectations, melding the character of a typical abstract acrylic-on-canvas painting with the inclusion of the unremarkable everyday tools used to craft it, granting the work an evident sense of humor as well as a remarkably intricate, varied texture.
Arman (American/French, b.1928 - d.2005)
Born Arman Pierre Fernandez in Nice, Arman studied at the Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs and the Ecole du Louvre. In the early 1960s, he signed the Nouveau réalisme manifesto with Yves Klein, Martial Raysse and Jean Tinguely, seeking to merge art and ordinary life, advocating a return to reality in opposition to the lyricism of abstract painting. Inspired by Duchamp’s readymades, Arman is best known for his pursuit of creation through destruction, creating sculptures through the slicing, smashing or burning of singular objects – often musical instruments – then reassembling them. His works can be found in the collections of major museums worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Tate Gallery in London, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
In overall very good condition, some minor surface soiling.
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