Astarte, 1988 incised 'Arman ESSAI 1/2' (on the base) sliced bronze statue with welded violin and bow 60in. (152.4cm) high This work is test proof one from an edition of eight plus two test proofs.
This work is recorded in the Arman Studio Archives New York under number APA# 8309.88.001.
PROVENANCE: Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal.
"Arman's gestures are always destructive. His Coupes of statues or objects often play on his memory of technical cutting and the transformation of the very nature of the object. A statue cut up into slices is no longer merely an abstract line, but a network evoking from afar its prime function" E. Navarro (E. Navarro, Arman, Paris 1997, p. 14).