Blinky Palermo: Retrospective 1964-77

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The first retrospective in the U.S. to feature German artist Blinky Palermo (1943–1977) includes more than 60 works, most of which have never before been shown in North America. This beautifully illustrated volume spans the breadth of Palermo’s brief but significant career and explores each phase, beginning with objects and paintings created shortly after he graduated from Joseph Beuys’s class at the Düsseldorf Art Academy in the early 1960s and culminating with paintings he produced during his last years in both...

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Overview

The first retrospective in the U.S. to feature German artist Blinky Palermo (1943–1977) includes more than 60 works, most of which have never before been shown in North America. This beautifully illustrated volume spans the breadth of Palermo’s brief but significant career and explores each phase, beginning with objects and paintings created shortly after he graduated from Joseph Beuys’s class at the Düsseldorf Art Academy in the early 1960s and culminating with paintings he produced during his last years in both Germany and New York City.

Palermo’s oeuvre is customarily divided into four principal groupings: the Objects; the Cloth Pictures (Stoffbilder), the in situ Wall Paintings and Drawings, and the late Metal Pictures, including the epic To the People of New York City (1976), now in the collection of Dia Art Foundation. Blinky Palermo also addresses the artist’s works on paper, including watercolors, sketches, preparatory studies, and prints that he made throughout his career.

Essays by distinguished authors position the artist’s work in relation to postwar American art and culture, which he greatly revered. Topics include the influence of the American milieu on the Metal Pictures; space and time in the Wall Drawings and Paintings; and the insights into Palermo’s concerns and process afforded by his works on paper. The most comprehensive volume on Palermo’s career to date, this important book offers a rare opportunity to explore in-depth the work of a remarkably innovative artist, pointing to Palermo’s relevance and influence on a new generation of artists.

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"This important catalogue accompanies a long-overdue American retrospective."—E. Baden, CHOICE

— E. Baden

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"This important catalogue accompanies a long-overdue American retrospective."—E. Baden, CHOICE
Library Journal
Blinky Palermo, the short-lived (1943–77) German modernist with the flashy moniker, is receiving an American renaissance with this sweeping retrospective exhibit and catalog and other recently published books—Christine Mehring's critical appraisal, Blinky Palermo: Abstraction of an Era, and Palermo: To the People of New York City, which treats his famous last work, a 40-panel painting in 15 parts. A pupil of Joseph Beuys and an associate of Gerhard Richter, Jörg Immendorff, and Imi Knoebel, Palermo produced monochromatic canvases and fabric creations and, later, metal paintings, wall drawings, and large architectural installations. Curator Cooke and Dia Art Foundation editors Karen Kelly and Barbara Schröder include five scholarly essays covering the artist's development, influences and inspirations, themes, media, and major works. The book's beautiful presentation shows 60 works, most of which have not been seen before in the United States. The show starts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and travels to the Hirshhorn in Washington, DC, and New York's Dia: Beacon. VERDICT Appealing to modernist fans with minimalism and constructivism sensitivities, and an important acquisition (along with the two titles above) for libraries with few Palermo holdings.—Russell T. Clement, Northwestern Univ. Lib., Evanston, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300153668
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 12/14/2010
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,062,929
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Benjamin H. D. Buchloh is the Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of Modern Art at Harvard University. Lynne Cooke is curator-at-large at Dia Art Foundation, New York, and chief curator at the Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid. Suzanne Hudson is visiting assistant professor of art history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Susanne Küper is an art historian and freelance curator based in Berlin. James Lawrence is a critic and historian specializing in postwar and contemporary art.  He is a frequent contributor to The Burlington Magazine.

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