Arman 1928–2005

Born in 1928 in Nice, France, Armand Pierre Fernandez was one of the most prolific and innovative artists working in the French Pop Art movement. Arman began his formal training at the Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratif in Nice in 1946, but then moved to Paris study at the Ecole du Louvre. In 1947, he forged a friendship with fellow artist Yves Klein, and the two soon began to create art that responded to the post-war condition. Arman’s art dealt with the Duchampian notion of the ready-made, as he employed commodity objects to question the ideas of exuberant mass-production. In 1960, he joined Klein to found the French artistic group Nouveau Réalisme, which sought to find “new ways of looking at the real.”

In 1961, Arman moved to New York, where he took up residence in the infamous Chelsea Hotel. Arman felt that in coming to New York, he was “in the center of [his] dreams, vitrines of vitrines, a profusion of windowed crystals on the rock of Manhattan.” He became friends with fellow Pop Artist Andy Warhol, who began to collect Arman’s work and in 1964, Arman was featured in Warhol’s film Dinner at Daley's. Arman was granted American citizenship in 1972. In 1982, he constructed his formative sculpture Long Term Parking, which consisted of an obelisk-like pile of cars encased in concrete. In 1991, the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York honored Arman with the first U.S. retrospective of his works. Arman died in 2005, but he left behind a legacy of art that played with the conventions of consumer commodities. His works are housed in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the Tate Museum in London, among many others.

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Auction Results Arman

ARMAN, Door to Confusion | wright20.com

Arman

Door to Confusion

estimate: $40,000–60,000
result: $40,960
ARMAN, untitled | wright20.com

Arman

untitled

estimate: $25,000–35,000
result: $22,500
ARMAN, Violins | wright20.com

Arman

Violins

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $20,000
ARMAN, Violon cased flatware service | wright20.com

Arman

Violon cased flatware service

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $20,000
ARMAN, Wall of Violins | wright20.com

Arman

Wall of Violins

estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $16,250
ARMAN, Violins | wright20.com

Arman

Violins

estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $15,000
ARMAN, Untitled (table) | wright20.com

Arman

Untitled (table)

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $10,000
ARMAN, untitled (Paint Tubes) | wright20.com

Arman

untitled (Paint Tubes)

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $6,600
ARMAN, table lamp | wright20.com

Arman

table lamp

estimate: $3,000–4,000
result: $5,100
ARMAN, Accumulation | wright20.com

Arman

Accumulation

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $5,000
ARMAN, Paintbox | wright20.com

Arman

Paintbox

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $3,840
ARMAN, Small Aleph | wright20.com

Arman

Small Aleph

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $3,000
ARMAN, Demi Tasse breakfast service | wright20.com

Arman

Demi Tasse breakfast service

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $2,500
ARMAN, Waiting to Exhale | wright20.com

Arman

Waiting to Exhale

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $2,300
ARMAN 1928-2005, Inclusion de Telephones Portables | wright20.com

Arman 1928-2005

Inclusion de Telephones Portables

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $2,040
ARMAN, Frozen Civilization 1 | wright20.com

Arman

Frozen Civilization 1

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $1,905
ARMAN, Tubes necklace | wright20.com

Arman

Tubes necklace

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $1,875
ARMAN 1928-2005, Violins | wright20.com

Arman 1928-2005

Violins

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $1,250
ARMAN, Dollar Bill | wright20.com

Arman

Dollar Bill

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $1,084
ARMAN, Untitled (envelope) | wright20.com

Arman

Untitled (envelope)

estimate: $500–700
result: $975
ARMAN, Paint Tube necklace | wright20.com

Arman

Paint Tube necklace

estimate: $500–700
result: $813
ARMAN, Untitled (Delft Plates) | wright20.com

Arman

Untitled (Delft Plates)

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $635
ARMAN, Paint Tube brooch | wright20.com

Arman

Paint Tube brooch

estimate: $500–700
result: $313
ARMAN, Tortured Color Plexiglas from the S.M.S. Portfolio | wright20.com

Arman

Tortured Color Plexiglas from the S.M.S. Portfolio

estimate: $400–600
result: $230