Lot Details

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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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Surface Soiling
Overall Yes
Date: Old
Notes: minor soiling by the self-addressed ink writing not at all affecting Arman's drawing.

Definition Key
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.

Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

  • Collection of Dr. David Luisi, retired Professor of Art, San Diego.
  • Ships From: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 12 x 11.5 in. (30.48 x 29.21 cm.)
  • Framed Under: Plexi
Accepted: Wire Transfer, Check
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