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Arman

Born in 1928 Armand Pierre Fernandez in Nice, well known as Arman, the name he used to sign his artworks since 1958. One of the most prolific artists in the second half of the 20th century, in order to create his artworks he used different kind of art , from paintings to prints , from sculptures in bronze until his famous “accumulations”

Art has always been a fundamental aspect of his life thanks to the influence of his father, an antique dealer who loves the arts so much, especially music, which led him to the decision to sign up at École Nationale des Arts Décoratifs in Nice and then at École du Louvre in Paris. 

After a beginning that can be called "traditionalist" in the world of painting, he realizes soon that isn't this his way and he starts dedicated himself to the creation of the famous Cachets and Allures. In the first case we talk about a series of works on paper made by the use of stamps. In the case of Allures it's about a similar technique but instead of the stamps he used fingerprints, traces of color left by brushes and to various objects.

What binds all his works are just objects absolute protagonists of his art. In his first works , they serve as the medium of painting that leave a recognizable mark. In the later compositions of items, instead, we find them as a real part of the artwork and constitutes the work itself. 

We are in the early 60s when his style evolves and Arman realizes his nature of artist exponent of the Nouveau Réalisme.
These same objects become art themselves, as well as the Dada period, from which, however, there is a conceptual gap. Not only display as irreverent symbol of artistic tradition, but subjected to invasive and destructive action, the same that the society has on the values and vision of the contemporary man.

Arman recovers everyday objects, often linked to the sphere of music, or items taken from the street, from garbage cans to create his famous Poubelles (literally trash cans).
He find items, accumulates them, destroys them, he paints them to revive in an artwork that enhances the shape, the material and the existence of the object, leading us to reflect on the use and the primary purpose that they had in their "previous life".





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