New York: The Alliance Francaise Exhibition
How special it is to greet new and old friends at the opening of a fascinating exhibit of "Arman Photographs Friends" which inaugurates the new gallery space for the Alliance Francaise in New York. Frank and Harriet Stella, Alain Jacquet, Claire Wesselman, Bob Calle, all standing close to their portraits by Arman taken when we were all so very young! Arman was an inveterate photographer, a lover of every latest gadget, in particular of cameras. He just had to have the newest, most up-to-date toy on the market. He always carried a camera with him and would spontaneously point and shoot whenever and wherever struck his fancy.
I am especially grateful for this particular hobby of his—which he began in the '60s-- because inadvertently he documented his life in America, France and his extensive travels throughout the world. Consequently, I knew just what to suggest when Marie-Monique Steckel, the director of the Alliance Francaise, called me to say that they were looking for an exhibition with which to inaugurate their new gallery space. “Why don't you feature an exhibition of Arman and his photographs?” I replied. In fact, he had had a show in 2004 at the Museum of Photography in Nice, France and Gabrielle Byers curated the show at the Alliance Francaise. It is a candid compendium of mostly fellow artists at play and at work whom Arman photographed with wit, affection and great fun. Since he had pre-selected the photos he wanted in the show in Nice, I am happy and confident that his wishes have prevailed with the new show. And the Alliance Francaise was a perfect showcase for these photos.
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