Arman’s practice was inspired by the ready made. Much of his preoccupation was with consequences of mass production, consumption and the waste that follows. While he would often accumulate objects to shed light on their similarity, in this work Arman choses a different approach. His series of Colores or ‘rages’ expressed a indignation at everyday objects which in modern times threaten to dominate everyday life. In this work Arman tears apart an alarm clock, contrasting the modern regimentation of time with the raw emotion, in this case rage, behind the act.


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Arman (1928-2005), lived and worked in France and USA. Arman is most associated with the New Realist movement that emerged in 1960, and which represented France’s response to the trend of Pop Art that was sweeping Europe and the United States. He was important in pioneering the European return to Marcel Duchamp’s idea of the readymade. Arman’s fascination with it points to his belief that contemporary sculpture had to confront the commodity.

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Colère de temps III, 1977
Lot Number 14
Broken alarm clock in plaster
Work: 35.2 x 35 x 8.9 cm (13.86 x 13.78 x 3.5 in)
Frame: 35.2 x 35 cm (13.86 x 13.78 in)
78 of 100
Courtesy of Helly Nahmad Gallery, London
Signed centre left 'Arman', numbered and inscribed centre left onto clock black plate '18/100, artcurial'
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Colère de temps III
  • Dimensions
    35.2 x 35 x 8.9 cm (13.86 x 13.78 x 3.5 in)