- Untitled, Blinky Palermo, oil on canvas, 37 3/8” x 31 3/4”, 1964. Collection Stroher, Darmstadt, Germany.
The retrospective documents the distinct phases of Palermo’s evolution, from the objects created while still under the sway of Joseph Beuys after his graduation from the Dusseldorf Art Academy to his late metal pictures. The show also includes examples of the work he is most famous for, his fabric paintings, simple lengths of colored material stretched over a frame. As Tom Eccles and Philippe Vergne note in the introduction to the publication accompanying the show, Palermo’s work isn’t painting against painting, as was the work of some of his contemporaries, but painting beyond painting, defying clear placement within a fixed tradition.
This joint exhibition between Dia: Beacon and CCS Bard marks the first major collaboration between the region’s two marquee modern art museums. “Blinky Palermo: Retrospective 1964-1977” will be exhibited at Dia: Beacon and CCS Bard June 25 through October 31. Dia:Beacon: www.diaart.org; CCS Bard: www.bard.edu/ccs.