Untitled from Edition MAT 64
plaster, paint, plastic, wood
framed 28.375 x 21.3125 x 2.8125 inches
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Nash, 1966
Copyright Niki de Saint Phalle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
That same year, inspired by a child's dart game, de Saint Phalle invented a provocative technique for creating her paintings. She attached bags of colored pigment to the canvases and shot them with a .22 caliber rifle. The impact of the bullets released the paint, which splattered and ripped across the surface in unpredictable ways. She used this method to create numerous works during the 1960s, often before an audience of invited guests who were encouraged to take part in the shooting.