Untitled by Arman

Untitled by Arman

One of the leading artists of his generation, the French-American sculptor Arman is intimately associated with the New Realism (Nouveau Réalisme) movement. He is perhaps most well-known for his accumulations – works of sculpture that are formed by numerous found objects of the same variety. This sculpture is a more rare example of his relief sculptures; it is based on commercially available galvanized metal watering cans. Beyond his accumulations, Arman often began to deconstruct objects. In this example he does it mathematically, and then rearranged them into the composition shown here. In the end, the final row takes on a Cubist sensibility.   

Arman. Untitled, 1999. Watering cans brazed to steel, 60 x 96 x 6 inches. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer. © Estate of Arman.