Joseph Beuys with Blinky Palermo, Für Blinky, 1976
thru June 29:
“Works on Paper 1976-1977”
David Zwirner Gallery, 537 W20th St., NYC
Drawn from museum and private collections, this exhibition has been organized in collaboration with the Palermo Archive on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the artist’s birth (in 1943 in Leipzig, Germany). The majority of the works on view were executed in New York, where (Blinky) Palermo lived and worked from 1973 until the spring of 1976. The artist died in February 1977. Executed at the end of the artist’s brief career, Palermo’s works on paper from 1976-1977 suggest a kind of summation of his artistic practice: not only do they exemplify his ongoing experimentation with the symbolic and formal possibilities of composition and space, but they also convey his understanding of color as a system of signs.