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03 Mar 2010

Nohra Haime Gallery presents Niki de Saint Phalle at Armory Show - Modern.

Polyurethane foam, resin, steel armature, stained and mirrored glass, tumbled stones, gold leaf
100 x 32 x 32 in. 254 x 81.3 x 81.3 cm.
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Niki de Saint Phalle
Nohra Haime Gallery


Booth 232 Located at Pier 92 on 55th Street and
12th Avenue, New York City Thursday, March 4 - Saturday, March 6
from Noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 7 from Noon to 7 p.m.

Ana Maria de la Ossa

As of April 15 at the Crown Building:
730 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10019

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A one-person exhibition of Niki de Saint Phalle including selected sculptures and works on paper will be on view at the Nohra Haime Gallery booth No. 232 at the Armory Show - Modern.

The exhibition will feature two historical works from the 1960s: Old Master, a target picture in plaster, and My Frankenstein, a heart shaped assemblage of found objects. Dawn, one of her signature Nanas, will be the central focus of the exhibition, along with Double Tête and Trilogie Des Obelisques. Furniture such as the Four Nanas Table, the Owl Chair and Snake Chair will also be on view, along with her multiples California Nana and Couple Vase.

The artist's playful sense of caprice will be further revealed in the remarkable selection of works on paper, depicting almost naïve imaginary landscapes, creatures and symbolisms.

Saint Phalle's work is bold and restless. Its clever combination of fantasy, irony and social commentary, is a manifestation of the artist's exuberant life and uncanny imagination. Given a few moments before this arresting exhibition, the viewer will be instantly drawn into Saint Phalle's realm, one of whimsy and enchantment.

Niki de Saint Phalle, French-born, self-taught sculptor, painter and film-maker of international prominence, emerged in the 1960s as a powerful figure in the Parisian art scene. Her work can be seen in major museums and cities around the world. Amidst her large-scale installations are The Stravinsky Fountain near the Centre Pompidou in Paris (1983), The Tarot Garden at Garavicchio in southern Tuscany and The Grotto in Hannover's Royal Herrenhausen Garden (2003). In 2002 she was awarded the 12th Praemium Imperial Prize in Japan, considered to be the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in the art world. Born in 1930, Niki de Saint Phalle spent her life between France and the United States where she later became a resident. She died in 2002, at the age of 71 in La Jolla, California.

The Nohra Haime Gallery is now representing the estate of Niki de Saint Phalle in New York.