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Armand Pierre Fernandez (1928 - 2005) was born in Nice, France and studied at the cole du Louvre in Paris. Initially an abstract painter, Arman was most successful with his found object sculptures (poubelles) comprised of everyday objects and trash. In 1959, he began to display trash in plexiglass vitrines in critiques of consumerism, waste, and mass production. Along with artists Yves Klein, Jean Tinguely, critic Pierre Restany, and others, he helped found the movement of Nouveau Ralisme, a group Restany described as invested in ''a poetic recycling of urban, industrial and advertising reality.'' Armans works are held in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Tate Gallery in London, and the Muse dArt Moderne ed dArt Contemporain in Nice, among others.
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