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Shooting Daddy poster by Niki de Saint Phalle


This really, really good poster was created for the 2016 Niki de St Phalle exhibition at the Taidehalli, Kunsthalle Helsinki. It reproduces a film still from 1972 with colour retouching (you can see the deliberate pencil strokes) of Saint Phalle pointing her gun. This is one of many works in which the artist used herself and her actions to question gender inequality. Amy Sherlock tells the tale behind this piece in issue 172 of Frieze magazine:

"In February 1961 ...  Saint Phalle used a .22 rifle borrowed from a nearby fairground stall to shoot a series of reliefs – plaster-covered assemblages of toys, tools and household bric-a-brac – in which she had embedded sacks of paint. When hit, they exploded, spraying the entombed objects with bursts of colour. This was the first of Saint Phalle’s ‘Tirs’ (Shooting Paintings) ... A group of friends ... was present, as were the photographers Harry Shunk and János Kender, who immortalised her as the girl with a gun: a fresh-faced, beautiful former model, pointing a rifle."

Saint Phalle (1930 - 2002) was a French-American multi-discliplinary artist. Wildly creative, wildly ahead of her time, always innovating and always engaging with pressing social issues (none of which have since gone away) -   it's as if her art is only now starting to make sense and resonate in the way it deserves. 

Approximate dimensions 50 x 70cm. Please hang away from direct sunlight to prevent fading.