Observer: Outsider No More, Niki de Saint Phalle’s First NYC Exhibition at MoMA PS1

John Reed

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“The worst part of all serious disease is the anxiety it causes in those who are sick to those who love them. We must overcome our fear. When someone has AIDS, it’s safe to be friendly. Laugh with them. Cry with them. … AIDS is everyone’s problem and no one’s fault.If each one of us takes care and is responsible AIDS will be under control. Until then, we must learn to live with AIDS.”  


Everything about Niki de Saint Phalle’s AIDS: You Can’t Catch It Holding Hands, seemed impossible: the childlike treatment of the total horror; an artist seeking humanity from a global community; an aesthetic that balanced downtown NYC, Upper East Side lux and Parisian illo.

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