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(b Nice, 17 Nov. 1928; d New York, 22 Oct. 2005).

French-born artist who became an American citizen in 1972. In 1957, with his friend Yves Klein, he decided to be known by his first name only, and the form ‘Arman’ was adopted in 1958 as a result of a printer's error on the cover of a catalogue. He moved to New York in 1963. Arman is best known for assemblages of junk material, ranging from modest collections of household debris (Accumulation of Sliced Teapots, 1964, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis) to towers of crushed automobiles encased in concrete.

Subjects: Art.

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