Arman slicing a dollar bill on at Reeese Palley Gallery, 1970. Photo by Harry Shunk and Janos Kender, Copyright J. Paul Getty Trust

This work was created at a performance held at Reese Palley Gallery, New York where the artist sliced various objects in support of the Black Panthers' defense fund. Photographers Harry Shunk and Janos Kender documented the event, capturing Arman as he sawed and sliced  posters, paint cans, dollar bills and even a crucifix. The owner of this work recalls feeling cathartic as Arman sliced her phone bill directly in half. A protest against capitalism on a smaller scale, proceeds of the event funded the legal counsel for twenty-one members of the Black Panther Party who charged with conspiracy to murder by blowing up a number of department stores in New York.

Posters, pamphlets and a donation box at Reese Palley Gallery, 1970. Photo by Harry Shunk and Janos Kender, Copyright J. Paul Getty Trust

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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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, Paintbox | Wright20.com

Arman

Paintbox
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $3,840

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

ARMAN, Violins | Wright20.com

Arman

Violins
estimate: $400–600

ARMAN (1928-2005), Inclusion de Telephones Portables | Wright20.com

Arman (1928-2005)

Inclusion de Telephones Portables
estimate: $7,000–9,000