Paris

Paris

Arman

Jeu de Paume
1 place de la Concorde
January 27–April 12, 1998

Forget the monumental sculptures—the piled-up suitcases and clocks in Paris or those tanks stuck in concrete in Beirut. The highlight of this retrospective is the work of the young Arman, the innovative cofounder of Nouveaux Réalisme. An obsessive “accumulator,” the artist gave his combines of ordinary objects—whether pieces of cars, coffee grinders, musical instruments, or even garbage—an emotional weight previously reserved for sculpture. Included in the show, curated by Daniel Abadie, is Sandwich Combo, a piece from the new “Jumbo” series, featuring motorcycles crammed into a piano sawed in thirds. After thirty-odd years, Arman's interrogation of the object still looks fresh.