Arman, Rondelle de Belle (Slice of Beauty), 1994

Artist: Arman (1928 - 2005)
Title:Rondelle de Belle (Slice of Beauty), 1994
Medium:Terracotta sculpture with glaze
Image Size:HEIGHT: 57 in (144.78 cm)
Edition:From an edition of 5.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #w-5704
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Historical Description

Arman Rondelle de Belle (Slice of Beauty), 1994 is a pearlescent sculpture distinct in its color and form. Deconstructed and sliced sculptures constitute significant portions of Arman’s oeuvre. Arman explains "In the search for a new creation...I have in a conscious manner explored my own local district (in Paris) for rubbish, waste, and scrapped manufactured goods: in a word, everything that is non-utilized. I affirm that the very expression of this rubbish and these objects has a distinctive worth of its own, without any attempt, on my part, at aesthetic arrangements that might make them lose their intrinsic value." For the remainder of his career, he focused on the accumulating and destructing works of art and found objects.

At a glance, the sculpture clearly depicts a nude, female body. She stands in the contrapposto pose, commonly associated with Greek sculptures. Naturally, viewers will begin to recall similarities between Rondelle de Belle and Venus de Milo. Arman therefore appropriates a traditional genre and transforms it into a work of sculptural abstraction. Every portion of her body is carefully sliced and stacked, creating a form that appears to move and vibrate despite its stagnant pose. Furthermore, the image appears almost as a visual illusion, subtly manipulating the ways viewers perceive space, dimension and form. Therefore, this sculpture transforms a classical art object into a repurposed readymade. Its glowing pink sheen reminds the audience that above all, this is a work of beauty.

Created in 1994, this Terracotta sculpture with glaze is numbered from the edition of 5.

Arman Slice of Beauty (Rondelle de Belle), 1994 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the sale of the work).

1. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.