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Niki de Saint Phalle, Nana boule (maillot blanc avec polka dots) (Ball Nana [White Suit with Polka Dots]), ca. 1966–68, painted polyester, 41 × 29 × 34". Galerie Mitterand.

Niki de Saint Phalle

Galerie Mitterrand/Grand Palais

Niki de Saint Phalle, Nana boule (maillot blanc avec polka dots) (Ball Nana [White Suit with Polka Dots]), ca. 1966–68, painted polyester, 41 × 29 × 34". Galerie Mitterand.

Three bright and victorious Nana sculptures—Baigneuse (Bathing Beauty), 1967–68; Nana boule (maillot blanc avec polka dots) (Ball Nana [White Suit with Polka Dots]), ca. 1966–68; and Nana fountaine type (Typical Fountain Nana), ca. 1968—greeted visitors to Niki de Saint Phalle’s recent exhibition at Galerie Mitterrand. For the right collector, the flip of a switch would put the fluorescent-painted Nana Machine, 1970, one of the smallest Nanas, made in collaboration with Jean Tinguely, in motion. Painted polyester architectural models; White Tree, 1972, a haunting monochrome assemblage on wood; and Femme Bleue (Blue Woman), 1984, a sculpture from Saint Phalle’s “Skinny” series of the late ’70s through 1999, reflected the artist’s lifelong inventiveness. The intimacy of the artist’s work was most evident in preparatory sketches such as We won’t my love, 1968, a cluster of

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