Saint Phalle's next series were concerned with the representation of women. This led to the Nanas series, begun in 1964; daubed in bright colours, the larger-than-life athletic females glorified an art of play and festivity. The apotheosis was the monumental She: A Cathedral (1966; Stockholm, Mod. Mus.; destr.); constructed in collaboration with Jean Tinguely and Per Olof Ultveldt, it was a huge shell of a reclining woman, 28 m long, inside which were rooms, including a cinema and a bar. Thereafter Saint Phalle devoted herself mainly to monumental sculptures, sometimes intended more directly for children. Saint Phalle also produced several illustrated books, designed sets for the ballet and made films, including Daddy (1973). In 1986 she published Aids, You Can't Catch it Holding Hands (Munich), a combination of words and images.
Hon: En katedral (exh. cat., Stockholm, Mod. Mus., 1966)
Niki de Saint Phalle: Werke, 1962–68 (exh. cat., Düsseldorf, Kstver., 1968)
Niki de Saint Phalle (exh. cat., Paris, Pompidou, 1980)
P. Hultén, F. Meyer and S. Poley: Jean Tinguely, Niki de Saint Phalle: Stravinsky Brunnen, Paris (Berne, 1983)
Niki de Saint Phalle: Bilder, Figuren, phantastische Gärten (exh. cat., Münich, Ksthalle Hypo-Kultstift., 1987)
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