In July of 2011 I wrote a post about some fun statues, created Niki de Saint Phalle, that had been installed along New York Avenue in Washington, DC. Since then a couple of items reminded me of this post.
- Fortuitous good luck found us at the Guggenheim museum in Balboa Spain at the time the museum had a large show of her sculptures, writings, videos and drawings. From the outside, the museum is a dramatic piece of architecture. Inside the display space is quite large. In fact, there were only 3 artists on display. With so much of her output on display, we developed a real appreciation for her artistry. It sure would be fun to have a few of these statues in our yard!
- Some of the images in the original post were taken at night. I have now modified the background of these images which seemed to enhance the ambiance of the photos.
Quoting from the Washington Post (April 28, 2010). ‘One dull block of New York Avenue downtown now looks less institutional and dour than it used to. At one end, a plump woman dances on the back of a dolphin. At the other, a chubby basketball player outjumps an equally portly opponent. In between, the three graces, also big-boned, do a stately dance. A nearby tree (also plump) sprouts serpent branches. These four sculptures, topping out at about twice the height of a passing art critic, were to be officially unveiled Wednesday on the median of New York Avenue between 12th and 13th streets NW, in front of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.’
‘They are among the last works conceived by the important 20th-century artist Niki de Saint Phalle, who died in 2002 at 71. They have been installed as the first phase of the museum’s New York Avenue Sculpture Project, and should be up for about a year before heading home to the artist’s foundation, to be replaced by some other female artist’s work.’
‘Covered in fragments of ceramic tile, in bright colors and gold and silver, the four sculptures are vivid and lively. They should bring a grin to the faces of passersby and lift the hearts of drivers. They are very good fun.’
These are indeed a lot of fun to see. We went downtown early on a Sunday morning to avoid the traffic but with tall buildings surrounding the street the light was bright in some areas and dark in others which made photography difficult. We also went back to photograph the sculptures at night.