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Arman, 76, noted sculptor of New Realism movement

PARIS -- Armand Pierre Fernandez, the French-born sculptor known internationally as Arman and a leading figure of the New Realism movement, has died in New York, his family said. He was 76.

Mr. Arman died Saturday at his home in Manhattan after a battle with cancer, his daughter, Marion Moreau, said.

Best-known for his large ''assemblages" that turned everyday objects into sculpture, Mr. Arman helped found the New Realism movement with sculptor Yves Klein in the early 1960s.

French President Jacques Chirac mourned the passing of ''a tireless creator," who worked passionately with constant curiosity and enthusiasm. ''This is a very large figure in contemporary art who has left us," he said in a statement.

Born in Nice in 1928, Mr. Arman studied at Paris's Ecole des Arts Decortifs and the Ecole du Louvre before moving to the United States in the 1960s. He eventually obtained dual nationality.

Exhibited at the world's great museums, Mr. Arman also created sculpture out of burned objects, items found in garbage cans, and destroyed items, such as violins and pianos that he reattached atop pedestals.

His funeral is scheduled to be held in Thursday in New York, with a ceremony the same day in Paris.

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