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  • Huguette Caland, Bribes de corps (Body Parts), 1973, oil on linen, 59 7/8 x 59 7/8". From the series “Bribes de corps” (Body Parts), 1973–81.

    Huguette Caland, Bribes de corps (Body Parts), 1973, oil on linen, 59 7/8 x 59 7/8". From the series “Bribes de corps” (Body Parts), 1973–81.

    “Huguette Caland: Tête-à-Tête”

    The Drawing Center
    35 Wooster Street
    June 10–September 19, 2021

    Curated by Claire Gilman with Isabella Kapur

    Huguette Caland made her first painting, the boiling monochrome Soleil rouge (Red Sun), in 1964, shortly after the death of her father, Bechara El Khoury, Lebanon’s first post-independence president. Six year later, she left her husband and children in Beirut and moved to Paris, where she began the series “Bribes de corps” (Body Parts), 1973, abstract works replete with tumescences and fleshy mounds suggestive of kissing mouths, entwined limbs, and flopping genitalia. Arriving less than a year after Caland’s death last fall, “Huguette Caland: Tête-à-Tête” marks the artist’s first solo museum show in the United States. The survey will cover fifty years of her paintings and drawings, as well as sculptures, mannequins, and haute couture caftans—designed for Pierre Cardin and emblazoned with insouciant line drawings of boobs, butts, and hirsute pudenda. Caland’s happy hedonism delights in the incorrigible intimacy and relationality of her forms—forever contiguous, cleavaging, dancing cheek-to-cheek.

  • Niki de Saint Phalle

    MoMA PS1
    22-25 Jackson Avenue at 46th Avenue
    March 11–September 6, 2021

    Curated by Ruba Katrib

    Florid, bodacious, and unabashed—all words apropos to the work of Niki de Saint Phalle, an aristocratic dropout and unruly visionary. The first exhibition of her work at a New York museum will feature more than one hundred works, including sculpture, prints, and jewelry, as well as documentation of her public works, including original models for and photographs and drawings of Tarot Garden, open to the public since 1998. Inspired by Antoni Gaudí’s Park Güell in Barcelona and Ferdinand Cheval’s Le Palais Idéal in southeastern France, and surely influenced by Simon Rodia’s Watts Towers in Los Angeles, the artist began building out her storied fourteen-acre sculpture park in central Italy in 1978 with a bountiful array of figures from the tarot deck, all rendered in plaster and gleaming mosaic atop of Etruscan ruins.