The first graphic novel about Niki de Saint Phalle tells the story of how a self-taught artist became a worldwide sensation, a radical promoter of equality, and a champion of social justice. We follow Niki de Saint Phalle's extraordinary career, from her early "photography", firing bullets at bags of paint, to the creation of the exuberant life-size dolls she called "Nanas" that established her internationally.
Niki de Saint Phalle started her career as a fashion model. A breakdown led her to start painting as therapy. Completely self-taught, Niki spent the rest of her life on art that was based on emotional truth and a feminist starting point.
The book also looks at de Saint Phalle's close collaboration with her husband and fellow artist, Jean Tinquely - known to many of Louisiana's guests - her painting, drawing, assemblage, performance art and large-scale installations; and her work in film, theater and architecture.
The lyrics explore how Niki tackled social and political issues and institutions – and show why her work remains as eloquent and powerful today as when it was first created.
Looking beyond Niki de Saint Phalle's brightly colored sculptures, this book tells the story of a woman who fought for a more just world; a headstrong outsider who made a name for himself in the male-dominated art world of the time; and an autodidact who became one of the greatest artists of his time.
Author Monica Foggia is a teacher, writer and radio host. She has previously written a graphic novel about the artist Camille Claudel. She lives in Bologna, Italy.
Dimensions: H: 24 x W: 17 cm
Author: Monica Foggia