Niki de Saint Phalle, ‘Lincoln Center Film Festival (Rare vintage hand signed and numbered limited edition)’, 1973, Alpha 137 Gallery

This beautiful large, long sold out limited edition silkscreen in bold dramatic colors is one of only 144 that were hand signed and numbered by Niki de Saint Phalle - not to be confused with the larger (unsigned) poster edition of 3000. This is a hand signed and numbered silkscreen poster, published to celebrate the Eleventh New York Film Festival presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, September 28 - October 13, 1973, Alice Tully Hall, New York City. This work makes a terrific conversation piece and would look impressive in any home or office: a large wonderful silkscreen with intense Day- Glo colors captures.
The modern primitive design is accompanied by random, stream of consciousness thoughts expressed in childlike artistic ideograms. Unframed and in good vintage condition, though there are some gentle handling creases and minor scuff marks (visible only up close and not captured on camera), most of which should frame out nicely. Uncommon.

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Signature: Signed lower right recto (front) in graphite, Niki De Saint Phalle; numbered lower left from the limited edition of 144.

Publisher: Vera List Art Program, Lincoln Center

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 San Diego, CA, United States