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6th April 2021

Indulging in the oxymoronic appeal of MoMA PS1’s latest Niki de Saint Phalle exhibition

De Saint Phalle’s early performance art works are probably seen as her most innovative. By mid career she had moved on to making huge female sculptures. These in turn were gradually displaced by fantastical sculptures for parks and playgrounds. A Gaudi inspired sculpture park took up the last decades of her career, reflecting perhaps her discovery that “there is nothing more shocking than joy”.