Conscious Vandalism

Arman, Conscious Vandalism, Alternate Projects

Arman (1928-2005)
Conscious Vandalism
John Gibson Gallery, 1975
Black and white photograph attributed to Shunk-Kender and announcement card for happening, Conscious Vandalism.
8h x 10w in
20.32h x 25.40w cm


On April 5, 1975 at 4 pm at New York City's John Gibson Gallery, the artist and Nouveau Réalisme adherent, Arman performed the action Conscious Vandalism. Having prior transformed the gallery into an apartment, Arman proceeded to destroy the apartment with an axe in front of a live audience. Documentation of this performance is found in the highly scarce black and white photograph of Arman standing in front of the still intact apartment (the title for the show (action) can be seen on the wall to the right in the photograph), accompanied by the invitation to this action. Throughout April 1975, films, videos, and photographs of the action were on view at the gallery. Arman repeated the performance Conscious Vandalism in 2001 at the Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain (MAMAC) in Nice, France.  

$ 400