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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Niki de Saint-Phalle

Sprawling, cavorting over these pages: the happiest beach arrivals of 1968 - Nanas that float. Niki de Saint-Phalle's fantasy sculptures of huge, exuberant, popover-shaped women, the famous Nanas, now in inflatable vinyl, silk-screened in wildly vivid Day-Glo colours, and in three different size-teddy-to titanic. All are light as air, portable, floatable, takable-to-the-beach, strewable-about-the-place, hugely enjoyable in a hundred ways. Which suits the beautiful Niki de Saint-Phalle - posed serenely among them here - just fine: she sees the Nanas as messengers of joy, wants the message spread.....

Vogue, April 15, 1968

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