ARTISTS ON THE BOWERY PART 4:
ARMAN, GREENBAUM, MURRAY, ROCKBURNE, TWORKOV
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Arman (1928-2005) was a prominent French-born American artist who founded the neo-Dadaist movement, Nouveau Réalisme movement.
Born in Nice, France, Arman developed a deep passion for art from an early age due to influence from his father, an antiques dealer and amateur cellist. He received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy & mathematics in 1946 and continued his studies at the École Nationale des Arts Décoratifs (Nice) and at the École du Louvre, Paris (archeology & oriental art). He first exhibited his work in the US in 1961 in the seminal exhibition “The Art of Assemblage” at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Arman’s innovative approach involved accumulating and arranging objects to create visually striking compositions, challenging the traditional boundaries of art. His assemblages, made from found objects such as musical instruments and consumer goods, confronted issues of consumerism and waste in modern society.
The exhibition highlights three works from the mid-1990s to his last series. Among them is Colossus (2004) an homage to Goya’s El Coloso that refashions Goya’s painted figure as a sliced bass fiddle, a recurring music object across Arman’s oeuvre. Colossus, one of the artist’s final paintings, has never been exhibited before.
Arman’s work is in numerous institutional collections and was exhibited worldwide. Museums include the Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Chicago Art Institute, AKG Buffalo Art Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Tate Modern, and many others.
It’s Logical [Coule de Source], 1994
accumulation of wood coffee mills, enamel coffee pots in a steel box
61 x 61 x 20 inches | 154.9 x 154.9 x 50.8 cm
Sliced fiddle bass on canvas in shape of Goya's Colossus with acrylic paint on canvas
79 x 48 x 5 inches | 200.7 x 121.9 x 12.7 cm
Stuffed chair on canvas, mounted on board and immersed in monochrome acrylic
68.25 x 48 x 20.5 inches | 173.4 x 121.9 x 52.1 cm
Joanne Greenbaum (b. 1953) is a New York artist who is best known for the layering of abstract shapes in a complex pictorial space through experimental processes similar to automatic writing.
Born and based in New York City, Greenbaum’s artistic practice is characterized by her bold and expressive brushwork, vibrant color palette, and energetic compositions. Her paintings often feature a combination of geometric and organic shapes, creating dynamic and visually captivating canvases. Greenbaum draws inspiration from a wide range of sources, including graffiti, textiles, and folk art, resulting in a unique fusion of influences within her work.
Greenbaum’s works are included prominent public and private collections including the Brandeis Rose Art Museum, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Haus Konstruktiv Museum, Zurich, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and many others. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide such as MoMA, the Whitney Museum and the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA).
In her compositions, the boundaries between painting and drawing are blurred, as the traditional drawing media acts as the guide for painted elements and mark-making to create a unique vocabulary of line and volume.
Joanne Greenbaum (b. 1953)
Pink and Blue with Numbers, 2005
oil and fabric on canvas, signed
60 x 50 inches | 152.4 x 127 cm