Introduction
Niki de Saint Phalle (born Catherine-Marie-Agnès Fal de Saint Phalle, 29 October 1930 – 21 May 2002) was a French-American sculptor, painter, and filmmaker. She was one of the few women artists widely known for monumental sculpture, but also for her commitments.She had a difficult and traumatic childhood and education, which she wrote about decades later. After an early marriage and two children, she began creating art in a naïve, experimental style. She first received worldwide attention for angry, violent assemblages which had been shot by firearms. These evolved into Nanas, light-hearted, whimsical, colorful, large-scale sculptures of animals, monsters, and female figures. Her most comprehensive work was the Tarot Garden, a large sculpture garden containing numerous works ranging up to house-sized creations. Her idiosyncratic style has been called "outsider art"; she had no formal training in art, but associated freely with many other contemporary artists, writers, and composers.Throughout her creative career, she collaborated with other well-known artists such as Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Larry Rivers, composer John Cage, and architect Mario Botta, as well as dozens of less-known artists and craftspersons. For several decades, she worked especially closely with Swiss kinetic artist Jean Tinguely, who also became her second husband. In her later years, she suffered from multiple chronic health problems attributed to repeated exposure to glass fibers and petrochemical fumes from the experimental materials she had used in her pioneering artworks, but she continued to create prolifically until the end of her life. A critic has observed that Saint Phalle's "insistence on exuberance, emotion and sensuality, her pursuit of the figurative and her bold use of color have not endeared her to everyone in a minimalist age". She was well known in Europe, but her work was little-seen in the US, until her final years in San Diego. Another critic said: "The French-born, American-raised artist is one of the most significant female and feminist artists of the 20th century, and one of the few to receive recognition in the male-dominated art world during her lifetime".
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Introduction
Self-taught artist; worked with romantic partner and then husband Jean Tinguely. Part of the Nouveaux Réalistes group from 1961. Known for assemblages that were shot with guns to release paint, other assemblage works, collaborative monumental sculptures with Tinguely, and usually figurative sculptures of the female form that she called "Nanas."
Nationalities
French, American, Swiss
Gender
Female
Roles
Artist, Writer, Installation artist, Painter, Sculptor
Names
Niki de Saint-Phalle, Niki de St.-Phalle, Niki de Saint Phalle, Niki de Saint-Phall, Niki De Saint-Phalle, Catherine Marie-Agnès Fal de Saint Phalle, De Saint-Phall Mathews, Niki De St. Phall, Niki Mathews, Niki De E, Niki de Saint- Phalle, Catherine Marie-Agnès Fal de Saint-Phalle
Ulan
500024269
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