Office Fetish was commissioned by the publisher of Art in America when the magazine's offices were moved from one Manhattan location to another. As the traditional black telephones were being replaced by state-of-the-art equipment, Arman capitalized on the instruments' associative qualities and piled them into a critical mass. He allowed the telephones to speak for themselves, ring with the imagined voices of artists and critics, editors and printers, advertisers and distributors, in a cacophony of "artspeak."
Artist Arman, American, 1928 - 2005
  • Office Fetish
Date 1984
Medium plastic, metal, and paper
Dimensions Overall: 53 × 30 × 30 inches (134.6 × 76.2 × 76.2 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Brant Thoroughbred Publications, Inc.
Accession Number 1986.70
Department Contemporary Art after 1950
Not On View
Brant Thoroughbred Publications, Inc. (Lexington, Kentucky, USA);
1987-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

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