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Arman (American/French, 1928–2005)
LOT ID: 83664
"Arman": Unique original drawing, 1973

Marker, on vintage postmarked card from Vence, France
4 х 5.75 in. (10.16 x 14.6 cm.)
Signed, inscribed, by the artist and titled, "Arman", as part of the drawing hand dedicated by Arman to David (Dr. David Luisi)
Print/Casting Year 1973
Edition UNIQUE
Foundry/Publisher Arman
Lot description
This is a unique, original signed & framed drawing by ARMAN, created on a self-addressed postcard and sent to former professor of art, Dr. David Luisi, in 1973. The drawing itself features a tube of paint with the artist's name on it, in the process of creating the drawing itself, and from where Arman's salutation and signature emanate. The postcard bears a postmark dated 1973, from Vence, France, where Arman also had a residence. The drawing is accompanied by a copy of a poignant letter from Dr. Luisi explaining his lifelong love for art, and how he acquired the work directly from Arman.

Please Note: There is slight staining (see photograph) near the written ink address (right side) of the postcard, self-addressed by Dr. Luisi, which does not affect Arman's drawing.

Born Armand Pierre Fernandez, the artist was a former archaeology student, amateur cellist, and son of an antiques dealer before he was inspired by the collages of Dadist Kurt Schwitters. Arman accumulated a vast number of collected items and explored not only altering and transforming the appearance of objects, but their meaning as well. Instead of meaningless or discarded trash, Arman elevated the tattered remnants of detritus, into a fixture of his personal, artistic creativity that will last for years to come.

Select Public Collections:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Tate Gallery (London, UK)
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, DC)
National Galleries of Scotland (Edinburgh, UK)
Tel Aviv Museum of Art (Tel Aviv, IL)
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Arman: Unique original drawing by Arman
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