Niki de Saint Phalle: My Art - My Dreams

Niki de Saint Phalle: My Art - My Dreams

by Carla Schulz-Hoffman, Pierre Restany, Carla Schulz-Hoffmann, Pierre Descargues
     
 
A beautiful and celebratory book on the works of Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002), this project is made distinctly personal by the artist�s own handwritten comments and whimsical sketches.

When Niki de Saint Phalle died, the world lost not only an artist of enormous passion, but also a remarkably creative woman whose work and life were inextricably linked.

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A beautiful and celebratory book on the works of Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002), this project is made distinctly personal by the artist�s own handwritten comments and whimsical sketches.

When Niki de Saint Phalle died, the world lost not only an artist of enormous passion, but also a remarkably creative woman whose work and life were inextricably linked. Throughout her forty-year career Saint Phalle explored female roles in society and myth, basing many of her disquieting and joyful depictions on personal experience.

The full range of Saint Phalle�s oeuvre is paid glorious tribute in this retrospective volume. Chronologically arranged, it takes readers from the visceral and controversial �shooting paintings� and her playfully voluptuous �nanas� to the impressive installations and wonderfully elaborate sculpture gardens such as the Tarot Garden in Tuscany, and the Sun God in San Diego and the Stravinsky Fountain in Paris. In addition to more than two hundred color and black and white photographs of Saint Phalle�s work, the artist�s own comments and sketches are interspersed throughout the book, providing an integral framework for understanding and appreciating her unusual talent.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Library Journal
Not many monographs have been published in English on de Saint Phalle (1930-2002), as this French artist is hard to categorize. This volume provides an overview of her work, a chronology, and quotes and notes from the artist herself. De Saint Phalle began making art as a therapeutic release after her nervous breakdown in 1953. Confronting her demons, for a number of years the artist created assemblages called "shooting paintings," which spewed forth paint over their surfaces. Combining imagery such as brides, witches, and women giving birth, her early works addressed women's perceived and mythological roles in society. Her later large-scale, colorful, polyester sculptures, the "nanas," continued to explore the female mythical archetype, this time as a fulfilled mother figure. Later in her career, the artist explored mythology on a larger scale in the Tarot Garden in Tuscany, Italy, where glass, mirrors, and ceramics combined to form a three-dimensional sculpture garden. Including 100 full-color illustrations of many key works, as well as 80 black-and-white photographs, this is the most accessible and comprehensive book currently in print in English on this artist. Recommended for all libraries that collect books on art.-Sandra Rothenberg, Framingham State Coll. Lib., MA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783791328768
Publisher:
Prestel Publishing
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
8.98(w) x 11.22(h) x 0.59(d)

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