Nice, 1928 – New York, 2005
Pierre Fernandez Arman was a French painter and sculptor known for having developed – in the noblest sense of the word – the artistic concept of the Accumulations.
Since 1953 he designs and manufactures objects in series (watches, dolls, cars, instruments, cameras, musical instruments, etc.) juxtaposed in boxes or Plexiglas showcases that catapult him by right among the most acclaimed artists of the Nouveaux Réalisme.
Arman was interested in the state of the object and in the relationship that modern societies have with it, between sacralization and consumption. Throughout his life, Arman has been a passionate collector of everyday objects (watches, weapons, pens …) and works of art, in particular the traditional African art of which he was a connoisseur, appreciated and recognized specialist.
After high school, he entered the school of decorative arts in Nice (now Villa Arson) and then in the Louvre school. He met Yves Klein and Claude Pascal in the judo school which they attended in Nice in 1947.
In 1955, the Galerie du Haut-Pavé organizes his first personal exhibition in Paris. His first Cachet (traces of inked or painted objects) dates back to 1956.
At the end of 1957, Arman, who signs his works with his name in homage to Van Gogh, decides to abandon Armand’s “d” and formalizes the artist’s signature in 1958, on the occasion of an exhibition at Iris Clert.
In 1960, he used plexiglass for the first time and exhibited Le Plein at the Iris Clert gallery (a selected accumulation of waste). This exhibition is the counterpoint to the exhibition organized two years earlier in the same gallery by his friend Yves Klein.
The same year, under the guidance of the art critic Pierre Restany, Arman became, with Yves Klein, one of the founding members of the group of new realists with also François Dufrêne, Raymond Hains, Martial Raysse, Daniel Spoerri, Jean Tinguely and Jacques Villeglé , later joined by César, Mimmo Rotella, Niki de Saint Phalle, Gérard Deschamps and in 1963 Christo.
From 1961, Arman developed his career in New York, where he lived and worked alternating with Nice until 1967, then in Vence until his death.
Arman is present in all international museums. An exhibition was dedicated to him at the Pompidou Center in 2010 in Paris and at the Tinguely Museum in Basel (Switzerland) in 2011.
© ARMAND ARMAN FERNANDEZ, by SIAE 2020
exhibition catalogue edited by Tornabuoni Arte. Text by Rachele Ferrario. B/w and colored illustrations, 120 pages, 9,4×11,8 in, Italian/English, 2019.
Tout Feu Tout Flamme
exhibition catalogue edited by Tornabuoni Art Paris and Daniel Abadie. B/w and colored illustrations, 186 pages 9,4×11,8 in, French/English/Italian, 2012.