First edition of the great 1985 Blinky Palermo monograph, “Palermo : Werke 1963-1977”, wrapped in grass-green covers and published to accompany the exhibition at Kunstmuseum Winterthur 18 September – 11 November, 1984; Kunsthalle Bielefeld 27 January – 17 March, 1985; Stedelijk Museum 30 March – 12 May, 1985.
Heavy illustrated throughout with examples of Palermo’s work inc. his famed monochromatic, abstract canvases and “fabric paintings”, installations, studio, etc, alongside texts by his friend and teacher Joseph Beuys, Laslo Glozer, Bernhard Burgi, and Erich Franz, in German.
Blinky Palermo (2 June 1943 – 18 February 1977) was a German abstract painter.
He adopted his outlandish name in 1964, during his studies with Bruno Goller and Joseph Beuys at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf between 1962 and 1967. The name refers to Frank “Blinky” Palermo, an American Mafioso and boxing promoter who managed Sonny Liston. In 1969, Palermo moved to Mönchengladbach and set up a studio he would share with Imi Knoebel and Ulrich Rückriem. After a stay in New York in the early 1970s, he moved into Gerhard Richter’s former Düsseldorf studio.
Over the course of his 14-year artistic career Palermo tirelessly probed the limits of abstract painting. Having begun his brushwork on more traditional surfaces, he shifted his activity to less conventional supports, experimenting with diverse materials and forms, exploring the relationships that can exist between the wall and the space delimited by the painting. Palermo was best known for his spare monochromatic canvases and “fabric paintings” made from simple lengths of colored material cut, stitched and stretched over a frame. He painted on aluminum, steel, wood, paper and Formica, often making lines out of tape instead of paint. Under Beuys, he became increasingly interested in the organized spatial relationship between form and colour, a polarity which is manifest throughout the rest of his oeuvre. In the mid 1960s, Palermo moved away from conventional rectangular canvases and increasingly opted for surfaces such as the circle, triangle, cruciform, totem pole and even the interior walls of buildings. Between 1964 and 1966, Palermo produced a small series of paintings on canvas in which he experimented with constructivist principles of order. Blinky Palermo died in 1977, aged 33, during a trip to the Maldives.
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