Shooting Paintings

1961: Artist Niki de Saint-Phalle attached bags of paint to her paintings and then shot at them with a .22 caliber rifle, causing the bags to burst and the paint to ooze down the canvas. She called these her "shooting paintings."

She explained:

I shot because it was fun and made me feel great. I shot because I was fascinated watching the painting bleed and die. I shot for that moment of magic. . . Red, yellow, blue — the painting is crying the painting is dead. I have killed the painting. It is reborn.

Louisville Courier-Journal - July 16, 1961

     Posted By: Alex - Wed Aug 17, 2022
     Category: Art | 1960s | Weapons

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