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Collections Untitled from Edition MAT 64

Title
Untitled from Edition MAT 64
Date
1964
Dimensions
framed 28.375 × 21.3125 × 2.8125 inches
Materials
plaster, paint, plastic, wood
Location
Not on view

Object Details

Type
Mixed Media (Multiples)
Accession Number
1966.16
Style
Conceptual
Edition
22/100
Inscriptions
unsigned
Physical Description
white ground with 9 circular areas of color from which the color dripped and splattered onto the white area of work.
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Nash, 1966

object label Niki de Saint Phalle, Untitled from Edition Mat 64 (1964) Walker Art Center, 1999

Niki de Saint Phalle was part of a movement in Europe called Nouveau Réalisme (New Realism), which included Yves Klein and Piero Manzoni. Like the “Neo-Dadaists” in New York, the Nouveaux Réalistes favored the grittiness of everyday life over the elegant simplicity of 1950s abstraction (seen in this gallery in the works of Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman). In 1960 the Nouveaux Réalistes signed a manifesto calling for “new approaches to the perception of the real.”

That same year, inspired by a child’s dart game, de Saint Phalle invented a provocative technique for creating her paintings. She attached bags of colored pigment to the canvases and shot them with a .22 caliber rifle. The impact of the bullets released the paint, which splattered and ripped across the surface in unpredictable ways. She used this method to create numerous works during the 1960s, often before an audience of invited guests who were encouraged to take part in the shooting.

Label text for Niki de Saint Phalle, Untitled from Edition Mat 64 (1964), from the exhibition Art in Our Time: 1950 to the Present, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, September 5, 1999 to September 2, 2001.

Copyright 1999 Walker Art Center

curriculum resource Niki de Saint Phalle, Untitled from Edition Mat 64 (1964) Walker Art Center, 2002

Niki de Saint Phalle was part of a movement in Europe called Nouveau Réalisme (New Realism) that included artists Yves Klein, Piero Manzoni, and others. The Nouveaux Réalistes favored the grittiness of everyday life over the elegant simplicity of 1950s abstraction. In 1960, they signed a manifesto calling for “new approaches to the perception of the real.”

That same year, inspired by a child’s dart game, de Saint Phalle invented a provocative technique for creating her paintings. She attached bags of paint to the canvases and shot them with a .22 caliber rifle. The impact of the bullets released the paint, which splattered and ripped across the surface in unpredictable ways. She used this method to create numerous works during the 1960s, often before an audience of invited guests who were encouraged to take part in the shooting.

Text for Niki de Saint Phalle, Untitled from Edition Mat 64 (1964), from the curriculum guide So, Why Is This Art?, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 2002.

Copyright 2002 Walker Art Center