About Inflatable ‘Nana’ sculpture:
Inflatable sculpture, ‘Nana’, designed by Niki de Saint Phalle in 1968
Coloured printed plastic
82.0 x 72.0 cm
Titled and signed: ‘Nana’ by Niki, inscribed on the right leg on the reverse
About Niki de Saint Phalle:
Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002) was a French-American sculptor, painter, filmmaker, and author of colourful hand-illustrated books. Widely noted as one of the few female monumental sculptors, she was known for her social commitment and work as well. Specifically, Saint Phalle explored the various roles of women, in what would develop into her best-known and most prolific series of sculptures. Over time, these figures became more joyful, whimsical, colourful, and larger in scale.
Saint Phalle has an idiosyncratic style, often labeled as “outsider art”, as she had no formal training in art. However, she associated freely with many other contemporary artists, writers, and composers. In addition, her books and abundant correspondence were written and brightly-colored in a childish style, but throughout her lifetime she addressed many controversial and important global problems in the bold way which children often question and call out unacceptable neglect.
In 1966, Saint Phalle collaborated with Jean Tinguely and Per Olof Ultvedt on a temporary indoor sculpture installation, Hon – en katedral (which means “She-a-Cathedral” in Swedish), filling a large temporary gallery in the Moderna Museet, in Stockholm, Sweden. In summary, the outer form was a giant, reclining sculpture of a pregnant woman (a Nana), whose voluminous interior could be entered through a door-sized vaginal opening between her legs. Two years after de Saint Phalle debuted her first monumental reclining Nana at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, she designed this version of Nanas in New York City.
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