Niki de Saint Phalle: Structures for Life

Recorded August 2021. Led by Sculptor Garth Evens, and joined for the talk by New York-based artist Celia Gerard, and Sculpture Forum regulars Jock Ireland and Brandt Junceau. Sculpture Forum examines the work of Niki de Saint Phalle in the context of the show, Structures for Life, at the Museum of Modern Art, P.S. 1, Queens, New York. Video and editing by Rachael Bohlander.

“…absence of a kind of sense, as I progressed through the exhibition, that the work was in some way changing/evolving–one’s tempted to say, maturing–in this case that the absence of that kind of left me feeling/questioning basically, does she know what she’s doing?” –GARTH EVANS

“I totally agree with that actually, but at the same time I have to say I’m sort of in awe that she didn’t.” –CELIA GERARD

“Celia, you’re absolutely on the money. That was also my feeling. In some way there’s tremendous respect for this continuing struggle–and, in a way, a kind of sadness.” –GARTH EVANS

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One thought on “Niki de Saint Phalle: Structures for Life

  1. A friend recently suggested that the types of media (TV, internet) that dominated your adolescence heavily influence your aesthetics later in life. Being septigenarian, male I hesitate to judge the work of younger females, but to be honest with myself this work did not appeal to me except for a few pieces (e.g., ceramic figure at 10:56; bronze? at 12:36). The monotone bright colors don’t do it for me; seems like Miro or Apel reloaded but with less skill in composition. The heavy use of hearts is an over the top cliche and seems exhausted in a certain strain of female art. Perhaps others will find more value in these than I.

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