On April 15, 1968, Vogue magazine published an article featuring the Inflatable nanas of Niki de St Phalle. The artist had created the Nanas in the 1965s and began commercializing her Nana balloons in 1968, as part of an effort towards democratizing art, by offering her inflatable sculptures at more affordable prices.
The second reason was because she “wanted to become a millionaire (…) to be able to make lots of other art projects.”
Her partner Jean Tinguely was known for his moving sculptures. His comment is based on his quote ”to play is art - consequently I play.”
Robert Rauschenberg, a friend of St Phalle, created artworks based on objects blurring the limits between art and life, in the same spirit that Dada and pop artists did. The emojis refer to the famous Flag of Jasper Johns and the Campbell soup of Andy Warhol. Her friend Jackie Matisse likes the post.
Niki de Saint Phalle, the Fashionable Feminist Artist, Is the Muse We Need Now, Vogue March 4, 2017
We need to talk about Niki de Saint Phalle, Philstar, July 9 2021
Niki's inflatable Nanas, 2022, Acrylic on canvas, 30" x 24" (76 x 61 cm)