Niki de Saint Phalle/Andrew Gilbert & Lucy Stein “The Lost Art of Convalescence” at Gimpel Fils Gallery London October 11 2011

Niki de Saint Phalle

A mini-retrospective of Niki de Saint Phalle’s works is opening today at the Gimpel Fils Gallery in Mayfair: selected works of the French-American artist will be on show at the main gallery space, while the lower gallery will host the joint artistic production of Andrew Gilbert and Lucy Stein.

The skipping Nana, Pregnant Nana and Nana riding a dolphin are among de Saint Phalle’s exhibited works, clear evidence of the artist’s belief that all women are goddesses and positive manifestation of motherhood and fertility.

The title of the show “The Lost Art of Convalescence” refers to a double meaning: it can be read both as a description of convalescence as a period of idleness, expressing regret about the art of being non-active, and as an idea of luxury, a sedentary activity undertaken by the idle rich.


Mushroom royal portrait with Andrew and Lucy as baby Birds, 2011 – Mixed media on paper


Niki de Saint Phalle & Andrew Gilbert/Lucy Stein “The Lost Art of Convalescence”
Private View Tuesday 11th October, 5-7 pm
11th October -19th Nobember 2011
Gimpel Fils Gallery
30 Davies Street
London W1K 4NB