Sotheby’s S|2 Gallery to host Selling Exhibition of Niki De Saint Phalle ‘Nana’ Sculptures

Niki de Saint Phalle’s “Nana” (painted marble) stands a monumental 75 inches tall, making it one of the largest Nana figures ever created by the artist. A marble Nana of this magnitude has not been offered on the market in decades.

NEW YORK – Sotheby’s will present a selling exhibition of works by Niki de Saint Phalle titled “Joie de Vivre,” featuring more than 30 sculptures by the Parisian sculptor, painter and filmmaker, at the auction house’s S|2 gallery. The show is described as a “journey through the visionary artist’s career exploring an expansive range of works from her unconventional and masterful oeuvre, with sculptures spanning a wide range of size, date and price range.”

“Joie de Vivre will be on view from April 4 through 18.

The exhibition is led by “Nana,” a museum-quality sculpture representing one of de Saint Phalle’s most important and iconic motifs. This sculpture, made entirely of marble, is a particularly rare piece, as most of these figures were created in painted polyester. Marble Nana’s are most often seen in museums and rarely available privately. Very similar marble Nanas are in the permanent collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and at The University of Pennsylvania.

Standing more than six feet tall, the Nana up for private sale at Sotheby’s is one of the largest Nana figures ever created by the artist, and a marble Nana of this magnitude has not been offered on the market in decades.

Works by de Saint Phalle are included in many of the world’s most prestigious museums including Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Tate Modern, London, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC and Moderna Museet, Stockholm, among others. Additionally, many of her large-scale sculptures are also exhibited in public places around the world including the Stravinksy Fountain near the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Hotel Negresco in Nice, France, the Tarot Garden in Tuscany and at the University of California, San Diego as a part of the Stuart Collection of public art.

One of the pieces appearing in the selling exhibition at Sotheby’s S|2 gallery is “Nana on a Dolphin,” painted polyester and executed in 1994 and numbered 7/8.

S|2 is the private sale and gallery arm of Sotheby’s global Contemporary Art department, offering exceptional works of art through unique and important exhibitions throughout the world. Exhibition programming has included shows dedicated to the works of individual artists, such as: Keith Haring, Yayoi Kusama and Jean-Michel Basquiat, to shows curated by art world figures including Vito Schnabel Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld. The works on display in S|2 are available for private sale, offering an exciting new dimension to the Sotheby’s experience. In addition to gallery programming, the S|2 team also facilitates bespoke private acquisitions and sales.

The selling exhibition precedes a major retrospective of de Saint Phalle’s work at the Grand Palais in Paris in October 2014.


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