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About Niki de Saint Phalle

An enfant terrible ever trying to escape the bourgeois existence into which she was born, Niki de Saint-Phalle taught herself painting and rose to artistic prominence through her colorful monumental outdoor sculptures of extravagantly voluptuous female figures. Early in her career, she became known for the abstract paintings she made by placing paint-filled bags above canvases and shooting them—a form of protest against patriarchy and rigidity. Through her “nanas”, a series of life-size papier maché dolls of the proverbial “everywoman”—including brides and mothers giving birth—de Saint-Phalle contemplated women’s societal roles. Later, inspired by Antoni Gaudí´s Parc Güell in Barcelona, she set out to create something equally impressive but made by a woman; the result was Il Giardino dei Tarocchi (The Tarot Garden), a garden filled with colorful sculptures based on Tarot card symbols, which she created over 20 years on land she acquired in Tuscany.

French, 1930-2002, Paris, France, based in Europe

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Impasse Ronsin, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York
2016
Jean Tinguely: Super Meta Maxi, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf
2015
Niki de Saint Phalle, The National Art Center, Tokyo, Tokyo
2014
Niki de Saint Phalle - Nanas 60s-90s, Galerie Mitterrand, Paris
2014
Niki de Saint Phalle, RMN Grand Palais, Paris

Solo Shows on Artsy

2014
Niki de Saint Phalle - Nanas 60s-90s, Galerie Mitterrand, Paris

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
Impasse Ronsin, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York
2016
Masters of Distinction, Opera Gallery, Singapore
2016
Jean Tinguely: Super Meta Maxi, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf
2016
2016
Grand Expressions, Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
2016
Introspection, Nohra Haime Gallery, New York
2015
Niki de Saint Phalle, The National Art Center, Tokyo, Tokyo
2015
Take an Object, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, United States
2015
THE FIFTH AVENUE ZOO, Nohra Haime Gallery, New York
2014
Niki de Saint Phalle, RMN Grand Palais, Paris
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