Arman - Contemporary Art Part II New York Tuesday, November 8, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Marisa del Re Gallery, Inc., New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    Arman is considered one of the most prolific and inventive artists of the late 20th century, whose vast artistic range spans from drawings and prints to monumental public sculpture to his famous accumulations of found objects. The present lot exhibits one of Arman's most widely recognized painting techniques, incorporating the paint tubes themselves on the canvases in addition to the paint they contain. This assemblage creates a mesmerizing feel of movement, texture and innovation, allowing the work to stand out and come alive. By using objects in his work such as these acrylic paint tubes, among the many other materials that the artist has experimented with, Arman allows the objects to take on new meaning and in turn allows the viewer to see the objects in a whole new light.
    “There are the qualities of objects. The perfect knowledge of the visual impact of objects is a part of my work. I have a very simple theory. I have always pretended that objects themselves formed a self-composition. My composition consisted of allowing them to compose themselves” -- Arman cited on



Accumulation of acrylic paint and tubes on canvas (in two parts).
72 x 108 in. (182.9 x 274.3 cm)

$100,000 - 150,000 

Sold for $110,500

Contemporary Art Part II

8 November 2011
New York