The Nouveaux Realistes Are Back in Focus Here in New York
Two great shows running concurrently here in New York City that showcase the pioneering work of Arman and Cesar. Both artists were founding members of the 1960s art movement 'Nouveaux Realistes', comprised of mostly French artists which heavily paralleled American Pop Art. Cesar, now on view at Luxembourg & Dayan is the first U.S. exhibition in over fifty years and comprehensive survey of this late sculptor's work. The show includes almost thirty works, a collection of innovative sculpture drawn from classicism and executed with an experimental way of thinking. On display at Paul Kasmin in Chelsea, is the extensive collection of African art from artist/collector Arman. Fellow Nouveau Realiste founder and peer to Cesar, the late sculptor Arman was a radical artist who created surreal-like pieces from everyday found objects. Though these African art objects are from his personal collection and not from his hand, you can sense the profound passion in his taste and influence on his own craft.