Niki de Saint Phalle: Niki de Saint Phalle's WomenArt
September 8, 2017 to October 22, 2017
At Galerie George-Phillippe & Nathalie Vallois
A new monographic exhibition at Parisian art gallery Galerie Georges-Phillippe & Nathalie Vallois focuses on one of the central themes in artist Niki de Saint Phalle’s work – the representation of the female body. The exhibition features a selection of twenty pieces from the period 1960s and 1970s, including her iconic Nanas (a series of life-sized papier maché dolls representing the ‘everywoman’) as well as her singular relief sculptures.
Niki de Saint Phalle is known for her monumental sculptures of voluptuous female bodies. Her women are big, muscular, old, fragile, with bellies ripped open, dancing light giants, matrons, brides, women giving birth. For Saint Phalle, dealing with the feminine, showing its anxieties and its revolts, its dreams, its power and its poetry, always meant showing women’s bodies. Everything women may go through is embodied in her figures which challenge the idealised representation of women’s bodies as also the rigid patriarchal notions of women’s role in society.
Galerie George-Phillippe & Nathalie Vallois