PREVIEW: Niki de Saint Phalle: Je Suis Une Vache Suisse @Omer Tiroche Contemporary Art

The Omer Tiroche Contemporary Art gallery in Mayfair will bring together  many works by Niki de Saint Phalle that have not previously been seen in a public exhibition.

Niki de Saint Phalle - La question, 1984 (courtesy Omer Tiroche Contemporary Art).jpg
Photograph courtesy of Omer Tiroche Contemporary Art.

Curated by Helen Pheby of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, this significant display of the artist’s work provides an opportunity to get a significant insight into the work of one of the greatest artists of the 20th century.

The title of the exhibition is taken from the title of Saint Phalle’s sculpture of 1991 and looks at the way in which she changed the way in which she worked.

French-born, Niki de Saint Phalle first gained recognition in the 1960’s for her Shooting Paintings , which were created by firing at complex assemblages of canvas and containers of paint. Determined through action and chance, the resulting works are incredibly vital and mark a personal as well as professional breakthrough.

The artist first began to make art seriously in 1953, following  a nervous breakdown – the culmination of an early life of male domination. Much of her work draws upon  mythical depictions as well as personal experiences, range from  sculptures, works on paper, reliefs, jewellery and objects for the home.

The exhibition will include a number of bird sculptures – a recurring theme for the artist during the mid-1970’s, alongside pieces which  incorporate snakes that reference the biblical myth of serpent as seducer – Snake Mirror (1998), the relief Le Serpent (1995) and Snake Cufflinks (1971-2015) developed by the artist in collaboration with WHO and kindly loaned by Louisa Guinness Gallery.

Niki de Saint Phalle: Je Suis Une Vache Suisse will be on display at the Omer Tiroche Contemporary Art from the 17th June to the 10th September. 


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