of the most important international object artists and co-founder
with Klein and Cesar of the New Realisme. He studied about art in
Nice and then continued at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris until 1952.
In 1957, Arman became interested in common objects as works of art.
First he did what came to be called his "Allures" (prints
on canvas made with objects dipped into paint).
Then he figured the object itself was worth paying attention to and
he started to "treat" them in his own way. Arman's way of
treating objects is very special: his intention is to remove the material
function of an object so that one can be seen as a work of Art.
What better way could he find to achieve that result than by creating
his "Coupes" (cut-up objects) or by his "Coleres"
(objects which were smashed/broken and then mounted). The interesting
fact is that once emotionally detached from the circumstances associated
with a broken object, one-can grow to appreciate its abstract beauty.
Later in the 60s the artist discovered his famous "Poubelles"
(Plexiglas cases with rubbish cast in resin). Then, Arman developed
the so-called "Accumulations" (a number of the same objects
assembled in show cases and by this way making them useless). At the
same period of time, in New York, Arman began working on the "Combustiones"
Because of his achievement, Arman has come to full worldwide recognition
and honoured with numerous international exhibitions. Arman has figured
among the top 15 artists of world-renown.