Tirs : Reloaded, by Niki de Saint Phalle
Los Angeles, spring 1962 : Invited to California by legendary gallerist Virginia Dwan, nouveau réaliste artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930–2002) realizes the tirs, or “shooting paintings,” with her partner, Swiss artist Jean Tinguely for the first time in the U.S. In front of a crowd that includes John Cage, Ed Ruscha, Jane Fonda, and Leo Castelli, Niki creates assemblages of disparate objects and bladders of paint which, when shot, transform spontaneously into wild dispersions of colors and textures. In homage, contemporary artists Sterling Ruby, Melanie Schiff and others will shoot up new work.
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