After achieving success, he often charged only in kind. He had furnished much of New York's famous restaurant Circus, and desperately tried to get back what he was owed by inviting as many friends as he could to that cherished restaurant -- but he always ended up in credit. He had created an entire suite at the Lutetia Hotel in Paris, where every piece of furniture had his freakish imprint. He could live there, except that every time he left he had to pack his bags because the suite was being craved by wealthy amateurs, and he complained, because it was like coming and going to a hotel meublé where they kick you out if you didn't pay the bill. His apartment building in a decayed area of downtown New York was a magical place, with two floors covered in all the unlikely objects that he collected and then assembled.
I have long wanted to write about the form of the list or the catalog, but I don't know whether to write an essay or a book. One of the final chapters will certainly be about Arman. I would start by contrast with Canto XVII of the Iliad, when Thevi goes to Hephaestus and asks him for a shield for Achilles, and Hephaestus builds it for him as a wonderfully organized microcosm. It has a circular shape, with a triple border and five concentric bands, where the earth, the sky and the sea, the sun and the moon with all the constellations are carved. Then from geography and astronomy we move on to civil life and see a city with its wedding ceremonies, markets and courts. In the end, a review of the art of war around the city follows, because the war takes place in the outer territory. Around the city life in the fields and wild animals appear. Then, in harmony with nature, there are festivals and dances, and that is art. The strength of the ocean surrounds everything. This shield is an encyclopedia of all that men of that time knew and which they gave value, order and criteria to. It represents the shape of the world.