New York Avenue Sculpture Project: Niki de Saint Phalle

Three abstract outdoor sculptures of voluptuous figures covered in bright patterns and dancing with outstretched arms.
Apr 28, 2010, to Oct 30, 2011

Niki de Saint Phalle’s sculptures on view showcased the ancient art form of mosaic in a new, exciting way. Combining dynamic color and form, de Saint Phalle created vibrant, lively figures, which are partly inspired by the famous Barcelona-based architect Antonio Gaudi (1852–1926). Her figures take on a life of their own: their large scale and active lines create motion and vigor. This installation was on view from April 28–November 07, 2010 and March 26–October 30, 2011.

New York Avenue Sculpture Project: Niki de Saint Phalle Installation, Photo by Lee Stalsworth

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View of the museum from outside showing the Neoclassical building from one corner. The building is a tan-colored stone with an arched doorway, long vertical windows, and detailed molding around the roof.