“Niki de Saint Phalle”

Niki de Saint Phalle at Grand Palais

From 17 September 2014 to 2 February 2015, Grand Palais in Paris, is to host a major retrospective of French artist Niki de Saint Phalle. The most recent exhibition on this scale of the artist’s work took place in 1993 before her death; this show aims to give a fuller view of the artist’s career and will feature over 200 works including paintings, sculptures, prints and films. Not only was de Saint Phalle one of the most internationally renowned artists of the mid-twentieth century, but she was also one of the first female artists to receive critical recognition during her lifetime. de Saint Phalle’s work is both socially and politically engaged, with her work including colourful explorations of the female form and more violent images, such as the series Shooting Pictures. She was one of the first artists to address feminism in her work and her pieces also enter into discussion about topics ranging from the war in Algeria to the Civil Rights Movement in the...

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Niki de Saint Phalle honoured by Vallois gallery: Interview with Nathalie Vallois

Paris, 12 December 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). As a preview of the important exhibition which is to be dedicated to Niki de Saint Phalle at the the Grand Palais in the second half of 2014, the Galerie Georges-Philippe et Nathalie Vallois is to present, until 21 December, the work of Niki de Saint Phalle in the exhibition entitled “En joue! Assemblages & Tirs (1958-1964)”, with a focus on rarely-shown works from the early 1960s. AMA met with Nathalie Vallois to discuss this period, which is relatively unknown to the general public. You are presenting this exhibition of Niki de Saint Phalle across the space of two galleries. Could you tell me a bit more about the show? The exhibition is bringing together a collection of exceptional works covering a very short period of time in the career of this fabulous artist. Most of the works are unknown even to the well-informed public. The exhibition is also the culmination of a huge amount of work which began with the opening of the gallery in 1990 with the New Realists. The exhibition has been made possible through our two-year-collaboration with the Niki de Saint Phalle Foundation. With the important retrospective of the artist taking place at the Grand Palais in 2014, do you think you are in some way “opening the year” of Niki de Saint Phalle with this exhibition? It has been too long since we have seen an exhibition of Niki’s work. The one which took place at the Musée d’art Moderne de la Ville de Paris dates back to 1993; the last gallery exhibition of her older works was more than 20 years ago (at Galerie de France), and more than ten years now for her more recent works (during her life Niki worked with Jean-Gabriel Mitterrand). An interesting work...

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Success for Niki de Saint Phalle, Jean Tinguely and Yves Klein at Christie’s Paris

Paris, 7 November 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). The sale dedicated to the collection of Jan and Dagny Runnqvist of Galerie Bonnier, which was held at Christie’s Paris on 26 October 2013, was a real success, with half of the works offered fetching a greater price than their estimate. In total, 92% of the lots were sold, all of which reached at least their estimated value. Laetitia Bauduin, the director of sales, adds that, with a total sales figure of €2.4 million, “the department is very happy with these good results […] ; the leading artist of the sale was without doubt Niki de Saint Phalle whose work La Tempérance fetched €181,500. Her husband, Jean Tinguely, whose work has also been promoted over the past few years, also saw a lot of action from bidders, his work Triptyque au Schtroumpf (Triptych of smurfs) selling for €6,875. In addition to this, works by Yves Klein attracted a number of buyers, particularly S41 – La Vénus d’Alexandrie (Vénus Bleue), which sold for €115,500, and Victoire de Samothrace (Victory of Samothrace) which fetched €97,500″. The sale was attended by many French, Swiss and American collectors, who were either physically present, or bidding over the phone. A third of the buyers were bidding...

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Women’s sculptures at the Villa Datris

L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, 4 March 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Villa Datris, a foundation for contemporary sculpture located in the small provincial town of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, a point of reference for antique dealers, will be honouring female artists during its 2013 exhibition, “Female Sculptors” from 28 April to 11 November. This provincial institution was founded by two aficionados of contemporary sculpture, Danièle Marcovici and Tristan Fourtine. As animators of unsubmissiveness to the empirical trends of the art market, they are active leaders in the area for the cause of contemporary art who are guided by their personal choices. “Female Sculptures” is an example of their said choices. The exhibition highlights female artists, not necessarily feminists, who claim their femininity in a field where men have dominated for a long time. “When women really want to reach the summit of international art, they succeed. I am living proof” said Niki de Saint Phalle. She was the wife of Jean Tinguely and is in fact one of the main artists represented at the event. Her work Blue Goddess – Thoëris, representing an Egyptian hybrid divinity, is a masterpiece. There are also sculptures by Louise Bourgeois, Joana Vasconcelos, Rina Banerjee, Camille Claudel and Mâkhi Xenakis. The themes of the preceding exhibitions were kinetic and optical art with “Movement and Light” in 2012, and material plurality with “Plural Sculptures” in...

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Niki de Saint Phalle’s sculptures lead auctions at the Hôtel Drouot

Paris, 12 December 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). An important auction of modern art by the Société de Ventes Volontaires Gros & Delettrez was held at the Hôtel Drouot on 10 December 2012. The core of the sale included the masterpiece by Paul Delvaux (1897-1994), Le voyage légendaire, 1974, as well as two important sculptures by French sculptor Niki de Saint-Phalle (1930-2002). There were also pre and post-impressionist paintings by Eugène Boudin, Maximilien Luce, Maxime Maufra, Gustave Loiseau; five paintings by Georges Stein; contemporary works by Martin Borowski and a rare self-portrait of Slovenian painter Zoran Music. Niki de Saint Phalle’s sculpture received the most enthusiasm. Le Rossignol (The Nightingale) a sculpture of polychromic polyester  made together with Tinguely, the artist’s husband, was sold for €225,000 while is was estimated between €120,000 and €180,000; Adam et Eve, by Saint Phalle alone, was auctioned for €600,000 with costs, far beyond any hopes since it had been estimated between €180,000 and €250,000. These prices henceforth represent the best auction prices for Niki de Saint Phalle’s work. Also, Nana, Vase (1984) obtained €38,750 while its estimation price was around €10,000 and €15,000. Paradoxically, disappointment came with Delvaux’s masterpiece, for which the estimation spanned between €1m and €2m, and was finally not sold due to a last minute increase of the...

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