In Houston, a Pioneering Feminist Artist Finally Gets the Spotlight
Walk into the east wing of Houston’s Menil Collection, and you might be forgiven for thinking, just for a moment, that you’ve entered a grisly murder scene. The “victims” hang in the first two galleries of the landmark exhibition “Niki de Saint Phalle in the 1960s,” on view through January 23. They’re the Tirs, or “shooting paintings,” of a French American artist who literally gunned her way into the male-dominated art world of the early 1960s with a .22-caliber rifle, unloading on canvases that held concealed paint in bags, tubes, and cans. When hit, the works bled, splattered, and sprayed. Saint Phalle’s explosive technique makes the famous drips of Jackson Pollock seem like docile child’s play.The following gallery holds a terrific display of the works…View Original Post
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