Artwork of the Week – Niki De Saint Phalle


Liverpool artwork of the week No. 5. ‘Cheval et la Mariee’ 1963 by Niki de Saint Phalle at Tate Liverpool. February 1 to May 5 2008

The first UK exhibition of the Franco-American painter and sculptor Niki de Saint Phalle. Beautiful, flamboyant, daring, provocative and fiercely independent, she emerged in the 1960s as a powerful and original figure in the highly masculine international arts world.

Niki de Saint Phalle is a cultural icon with associations with the Nouveau Realist movement and collaborations with the world’s leading artists. Her exuberant love of life is demonstrated in her bright and colourful works and darker works reflect the personal struggles of the artist.

The Shooting Paintings explored the idea of the violent gesture in abstract art and her Nanas, large brightly coloured sculptures of women have become iconic and enduring images of maternity and femininity.

The exhibition is a comprehensive survey of the career of Niki de Saint Phalle and explores the significance of her original and honest approach to contemporary artistic practice.

Tate Liverpool


  1. Sadly, planned discussion based course on Nikki de Saint Phalle at the Tate has been canceled due to lack of interest (and lack of publicity, IMHO). If anyone would like to register their interest in attending the talks in future please follow the above link and maybe they will be reinstated; it would be a pity if such an inspirational artist and exhibition not have a forum for discussion and learning in our Capital of Culture year.

    There is also a talk by Griselada Pollock on 24th April.


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