Niki de Saint Phalle. Tableaux Éclatés on View at Salon 94

 

 

 

Niki de Saint Phalle, Ganesh II, 1992, Paint, synthetic resin, wood, metal, plastic, electric motors and electronic components on wood. 51 1/5 x 35 2/5 inches (130 x 89.9 cm) (NdSP 230). Image courtesy of the artist and Salon 94, New York. © Niki de Saint Phalle. Photo: Matthew Praley.

Salon 94 opened its doors to the second solo exhibition of French-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle, featuring five works of her late-career Tableaux Éclatés, the series first exhibited in her retrospective at the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris in 1993. The dynamic Tableaux Éclatés (“Burst Paintings”) are vibrant, mechanized pictures depicting landscapes upon which animals and still lifes, as well as her trademark Nanas, dance across beaches, deserts, and seas. Each painting’s composition is animated through an intricate motorized armature activated through a photo sensor: when the artwork recognizes a viewer, internal motors trigger motion of the work’s disparate elements or illuminate the scene with brilliant electric bulbs.

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Niki de Saint Phalle: Structures for Life at MoMA PS 1

 

 

 

Installation view of Niki de Saint Phalle: Structures for Life, on view at MoMA PS1, New York, from March 11 to September 6, 2021. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo: Kyle Knodell

MoMA PS1 presents the first New York museum exhibition of the work of visionary feminist artist Niki de Saint Phalle (American and French, 1930‒2002). On view from March 11 to September 6, 2021, Niki de Saint Phalle: Structures for Life will feature over 200 works created from the mid-1960s until the artist’s death, including sculptures, prints, drawings, jewelry, films, and archival materials. Highlighting Saint Phalle’s interdisciplinary approach and engagement with key social and political issues, the exhibition will focus on works that she created to transform environments, individuals, and society.

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