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"The world is round, the world is a breast."

Born near Paris, raised in New York and having worked predominantly in Switzerland, Italy and California, Niki De Saint Phalle (1930 - 2002) became an impassioned creator, able to transform the raw materials of her traumatic childhood at the hands of her abusive father, into provokingly tender artworks, bulging with feminine energy and animism.

Having experienced that the assigned ‘world of the woman’ was too restrictive, Saint Phalle’s later work became associated with the Nouveau Realists. She produced an eclectic array of works ranging from drawing, collage, graphic design, film, Tirs (’shooting’ paintings) and sculpture. In addition, her Tirs were considered one of the earliest exmaples of Performance Art.
Alongside her Shooting Paintings, “Happenings, Fluxus, and performance (of the 1960’s) sought a discursive, interactive relationship between artist and spectator; new conceptual frameworks emerged, informed by gender awareness. Women artists began to intervene directly in male-defined social and political spheres, articulating frustration at the injustices of domination.


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