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Arman
Accumulations Renault

Catalogue published on the occasion of the solo exhibition of Arman, 16 December 1969 to 8 February 1970 at the Kunstverein for the Rhineland and Westphalia, Dusseldorf, Germany. Largely illustrated throughout with Arman’s great body of accumulation works that made up this exhibition – assemblage sculpture and relief works using dizzying repeated elements from Renault automobiles. Photography in colour and black and white, drawings by the artist, texts in German (by Karl-Heinz Hering and Arman) and a biography and list of exhibited works.

Arman (November 17, 1928 – October 22, 2005) was a French-born American artist.[1] Born Armand Fernandez in Nice, France, Arman was a painter who moved from using objects for the ink or paint traces they leave (“cachet”, “allures d’objet”) to using them as the painting itself. He is best known for his “accumulations” and destruction/recomposition of objects.

In October 1960, Arman, Yves Klein, François Dufrêne, Raymond Hains, Martial Raysse, Daniel Spoerri, Jean Tinguely and Jacques Villeglé, and art critic and philosopher Pierre Restany founded the Nouveau réalisme group. Joined later by Cesar, Mimmo Rotella, Niki de Saint Phalle, and Christo, the group of young artists defined themselves as bearing in common their “new perspective approaches of reality.” They were reassessing the concept of art and the artist for a 20th-century consumer society by reasserting the humanistic ideals in the face of industrial expansion.

In 1961, Arman made his debut in the United States, the country which was to become his second home. During this period, he explored creation via destruction. The “Coupes” and the “Colères” featured sliced, burned, or smashed objects arranged on canvas, often using objects with a strong “identity” such as musical instruments (mainly violins and saxophones) or bronze statues.

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Tetsumi Kudo
Cultivation by Radioactivity

Wonderful, rare catalogue produced on the occasion of Japanese artist Tetsumi Kudo’s exhibition at the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen in Dusseldorf, 17 april – 5 July, 1970.
96 pages documenting Kudo’s works of sculptural assemblage, happenings and installation, from 1959-1970. Includes a series of texts in German (including one from Kudo himself) and a biography.

About Tetsumi Kudo:
Not only did Tetsumi Kudo (1935-1990) – one of the most innovative artists in Japan in the 1950s and in France in the ’60s and ’70s – explore the existential possibilities for humanity in an increasingly polluted and consumption-driven world, issues critical in today’s artistic practice and political debate; but in the two years since our last show and the major retrospective organized by the Walker Art Center, the wide-ranging and profound influence of his ideas and aesthetic has become increasingly clear. Mike Kelley wrote for the Walker catalog; Paul McCarthy has included Kudo in his lectures since 1968 and highlighted him as an influence in his intellectual autobiography Low Life Slow Life. Takashi Murakami, in seeing the last exhibition, has simply called Kudo, “the father of us all.”
– excerpt from “Tetsumi Kudo – Cubes & Gardens” (Andrea Rosen, 2010) exhibition text by Joshua Mack.

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