Niki de Saint Phalle
Whether you are an ardent follower of this fascinating artist, or just learning about her life and work, this lively volume offers an in-depth portrait of Niki de Saint Phalle's world, turbulent life and extraordinary art.
Niki de Saint Phalle's biography reads like a bestselling novel: a difficult education, early fame as a fashion model, and family rebellion. Her earliest works, known as shooting paintings, were executed with a rifle and paint-filled bullets. She went on to explore women’s identities through papiermache figures. As her reputation grew, so did her works. Her largerthan- life Nanas could be entered and viewed from within. She created sculpture parks in Israel, Italy, and California, among other places. This book introduces readers to Niki de Saint Phalle in chapters that include reproductions of her pieces, photographs from her life, and historical background that gives insight into her life and work. As lively as the life it reveals, this volume is a superb look into the world of an intriguing and courageous artist.
Christiane Weidemann is an art historian and author of art books for children and adults. Her books include Salvador Dali, Leonardo da Vinci, and 50 Women Artists You Should Know (all by Prestel).