01 Work, The Art of War, Niki de Saint Phalle’s La Mort, with footnotes

Henry Zaidan
2 min readMay 16, 2024
Niki de Saint Phalle, 1930–2002
La Mort, Death

Painted polyester
14 by 17 ½ by 11 in., 35.6 by 44.5 by 27.9 cm.
Private collection

Estimate for 40,000–60,000 USD in May 2024

Niki de Saint Phalle paired bold, jubilant, and cartoonish feminine forms with dark and disturbing material in her multifaceted artistic career. Throughout, she continually disrupted long-held conventions in art, and her iconoclastic approach to her identity and society at large made her an early and important voice to both the Feminist movement and the development of early Conceptual Art. Unlike many of her contemporaries who prioritized the idea behind the work of art rather than the aesthetic demonstration of the idea, Saint Phalle’s pieces were highly expressive, visually bold, and often playful — a style that celebrated aesthetics instead of interrogating its structures and conventions. She realized some of the most ambitious, immersive sculptural environments of the 20th century, and also made intensely personal, inward-looking work that reflected on her inner life and relationships. Saint Phalle’s broad influence is marked by the variety of contemporary cultural identities and communities that now ‘claim’ her as their own, including feminist, queer, and racial empowerment movements. More on Niki de Saint Phalle

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