PRINT September 1963

Puerealism: “The End” with Innocence

Rosalind G. Wholden

This week, associate editor Chloe Wyma looks back at Rosalind G. Wholden’s “Puerealism: ‘The End’ with Innocence,” a monographic essay on the work of Niki de Saint Phalle, published in Artforum in September 1963. For the May issue, Johanna Fateman revisits Saint Phalle’s life and art on the occasion of the artist’s first US retrospective at MoMA PS1.

The alleged naivete of Niki de Saint Phalle’s art has long hampered its institutional validation. Fifty-eight years ago, critic Rosalind G. Wholden broached this fraught topic in a perceptive essay titled “Puerealism: ‘The End’ with Innocence,” which