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What Is Now Known Was Once Only Imagined: An (Auto)biography of Niki de Saint Phalle

By Nicole Rudick.

What Is Now Known Was Once Only Imagined: An (Auto)biography of Niki de Saint Phalle

A biography by Nicole Rudick told in Saint Phalle's own words, assembled from rare and unseen materials

Known best for her exuberant, often large-scale sculptural works that celebrate the abundance and complexity of female desire, imagination and creativity, Niki de Saint Phalle viewed making art as a ritual, a performance—a process connecting life to art. This unconventional, illuminated biography, told in the first person in Saint Phalle's voice and her own hand, dilates large and small moments in Saint Phalle's life which she sometimes reveals with great candor, at other times carefully unwinding her secrets. Nicole Rudick, in a kind of collaboration with the artist, has assembled a gorgeous and detailed mosaic of Saint Phalle's visual and textual works from a trove of paintings, drawings, sketches and writings, many previously unpublished or long unavailable, that trace her mistakes and successes, her passions and her radical sense of joy. Saint Phalle's invocation—her "bringing to life"—writes Rudick, "is an apt summation of the overlap of Saint Phalle’s life and art: both a bringing into existence and a bringing to bear. These are visions from the frontiers of consciousness."

Born in France, Niki de Saint Phalle (1930–2002) was raised in New York and began making art at age 23, pursuing a revelatory vision informed both by the monumental works of Antonin Gaudí and the Facteur Cheval, and by aspects of her own life. In addition to her Tirs (“shooting paintings”) and Nanas and her celebrated large-scale projects—including the Stravinsky Fountain at the Centre Pompidou, Golem in Jerusalem and the Tarot Garden in Tuscany—Saint Phalle produced writing and works on paper that delve into her own biography: childhood and her break with her family, marriage to Harry Mathews, motherhood, a long collaborative relationship with Jean Tinguely, numerous health crises and her late, productive years in Southern California. Saint Phalle has most recently been the subject of retrospectives at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, in 2015, and at MoMA P.S.1, in 2021.

Nicole Rudick is a critic and an editor. Her writing on art, literature and comics has been published in the New York Review of Books, the New York Times, the New Yorker, Artforum and elsewhere. She was managing editor of the Paris Review for nearly a decade. She is the editor, most recently, of a new edition of Gary Panter’s legendary comic Jimbo: Adventures in Paradise (New York Review Comics, 2021).


Featured image is reproduced from 'What Is Now Known Was Once Only Imagined: An (Auto)biography of Niki de Saint Phalle'.

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

Hyperallergic

Lauren Moya Ford

The book follows her international journey weathering the highs and lows of being an artist, woman, friend, daughter, lover, and mother. The person who emerges is open, driven, and often remarkably perceptive about who she is and why.

Bookforum

Jennifer Krasinski

What Is Now Known also clarifies editing as a creative act rather than a definitive one. Saint Phalle wrote nothing for this book, and yet this book is written by her. Embracing that contradiction, Rudick enables the artist to speak for herself, as herself, once again.

The Nation

Jillian Steinhauer

As readers, we inhabit her consciousness—we grow and process with her...This is the greatest strength of What Is Now Known: It offers an intimate emotional portrait—an experiential biography, you might say—of Saint Phalle.

Los Angeles Review of Books

Jackson Davidow

Tracking Saint Phalle’s creative, personal, and professional odyssey from childhood to old age, with an emphasis on persistent themes of feminism, abuse, and illness, the book is just as much a testament to the willful production of artistic subjectivity as it is to the manifold powers of art as an instrument of therapy, education, and activism.

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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/2/2022

Leon Levy Center for Biography presents Nicole Rudick and Dan Nadel on Niki de Saint Phalle

Leon Levy Center for Biography presents Nicole Rudick and Dan Nadel on Niki de Saint Phalle

Wednesday, March 2, at 6PM EST, the Leon Levy Center for Biography at CUNY Graduate Center presents What Is Now Known Was Once Only Imagined: An (Auto)biography of Niki de Saint Phalle author Nicole Rudick in conversation with curator, critic and Robert Crumb biographer Dan Nadel. This live Zoom conversation will be free and open to the public. Please register here!
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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 2/17/2022

192 Books Presents Nicole Rudick and Ruth Franklin on 'What Is Now Known Was Once Only Imagined: An (Auto)biography of Niki de Saint Phalle'

192 Books Presents Nicole Rudick and Ruth Franklin on 'What Is Now Known Was Once Only Imagined: An (Auto)biography of Niki de Saint Phalle'

Thursday, February 17 at 7PM EST, 192 Books and Paula Cooper Gallery present the virtual launch of What Is Now Known Was Once Only Imagined: An (Auto)biography of Niki de Saint Phalle, published by Siglio. Author Nicole Rudick will appear in conversation with book critic and biographer Ruth Franklin, live-streamed on PCG Studio. There is no login or rsvp required. A recording will be posted shortly afterwards.
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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 4/23/2022

Readers and Lovers unite with Nicole Rudick's (Auto)biography of Niki de Saint Phalle

Readers and Lovers unite with Nicole Rudick's (Auto)biography of Niki de Saint Phalle

Feeling inspired by the exhibition Niki de Saint Phalle in the 1960s, on view through July 17 at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, we are featuring a few spreads from What Is Now Known Was Once Only Imagined, Nicole Rudick's remarkable biography of the visionary French artist, assembled from Saint Phalle's paintings, drawings, sketches and writings—many of which are previously unpublished. "Put together, the distinct works in this book make a non-narrative story," Rudick writes. "I intend them to be read in sequence, cover to cover. Subjects recur and vibrate against and contradict one another. They make meaning through their contiguity, their role in a syntactic construction (each work a word in a sentence, a sentence in a paragraph, and so on). Certain emblematic images reappear, too—trees, monsters, snakes, birds—but shift in meaning, from iteration to iteration, as words do. Each work can be read and understood on its own, but when they come together, we get a bigger picture of Saint Phalle’s inner world. It is a picture I have put together, but who’s to say it wasn’t already there, just needed a different way of reading and looking? This book is an act of cooperation or participation between Saint Phalle and me, and the reader, too. A cooperative, to borrow from Roland Barthes: 'To the United Readers and Lovers.' It contains gaps and breaths, an abiding and uncertain openness that characterizes not only the progress of a conversation but the progress of living." continue to blog


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