We often talk about rule breakers and mark-makers, the ones who defied the criteria of contemporary art. The institutional art curatorial world seems to have been embracing this idea more than ever as well. We think of Mike Kelley's continuing embrace, or the stunning and groundbreaking Hilma af Klint exhibition at the Guggenheim a few years back as those subtle nods to the game changers of different eras.
MoMA PS1 has often staked the claim on these pivotal figures, and the Niki de Saint Phalle: Structures for Life exhibition adds onto that legacy. And what it shows was that Saint Phalle was fearless, unafraid to tackle almost any work.The museum mentions her "overtly feminist, performative, collaborative, and monumental" works, set across over 200 plus examples through multiple mediums and practices. Niki de Saint Phalle's sculptures and assemblage works are what we know her for, and here in this context, feel almost like found-object set designs.
Saint Phalle once said "I could do whatever I wanted, whether people liked it or not," a sentiment that fits into the vernacular of the artists we have championed at BTS for years. Structures for Life puts her work back into focus for our times, right where it should be.
On view through September 6, 2021