Niki de Saint-Phalle
Design Loves Art at Pacific Design Center is pleased to celebrate the work of the renowned French American artist, Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002) with two large scale sculpture installations and an exhibition of paintings, works on paper and objects in conjunction with Pacific Standard Time’s Performance and Public Art Festival.
The colossal Obelisque Bleu avec des Fleurs by Niki de Saint Phalle, on display in the Blue Lobby, a cobalt blue towering archetype of power and strength marks Saint Phalle’s signature life asserting celebration of life. The work reveals her life-long inspiration upon visiting Sam Rodia’s Watts Towers and Antoni Gaudi’s Park Güell. Outdoor on the PDC plaza, Saint Phalle’s brightly-colored, voluptuous Les Trois Graces Fontaine dance joyfully in the Fountain recalling Matisse’s La Danse.
On the second floor of the Blue Building, curator Yann Perreau has organized an exhibit at Here is Elsewhere Gallery (Space B231) entitled From King Kong to Queen Califia : Niki de Saint Phalle & the West Coast, which marks Saint Phalle’s first show in Los Angeles in a decade. The collection examines Saint Phalle’s relationship with the "Nouveaux Réalistes" (Tinguely, Spoerri, Arman) in Southern California. From her "Shooting Paintings" in Malibu from 1961 to her "Black Heroes" series realized in the late 1990’s in San Diego, Saint Phalle found the West Coast a unique, lifelong source of inspiration.
HiE @ B 231 Space, Pacific Design Center
8687 Melrose Ave # G102- Blue Building, Second Floor, West Hollywood, CA 90069