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Niki De St Phalle 16 April 2008
From shooting paintings to gigantic figures of the female form

The artist Niki de St Phalle became famous in the 1960s for her shooting paintings.  She’s perhaps better known for gigantic figures of the female form – her ‘nanas’ – some of which you can climb into like giant wendy-houses. She was a teenage cover girl for both ‘Life’ and ‘Vogue’, but it was after a nervous breakdown that she began to paint and sculpt in earnest. The first major UK exhibition of her work is on show at Tate Liverpool. Judi Herman has been looking at Niki’s work with the curator, Kyla McDonald, and Niki’s granddaughter, Bloum Cardenas.

The exhibition of Niki de St Phalle’s work continues at Tate Liverpool until 5 May
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