Blinky

Joseph Beuys and Blinky Palermo

No slouch at myth-making and strategies for getting ahead, Joseph Bueys may have been involved in the re-naming of  his student Peter Schwarze/Peter Heisterkamp to Blinky Palermo. Taking the name of an American boxing Mafioso obviously appealed to the young artist from Leipzig, who was to tilt at American Art by recreating colour field ‘paintings’ from shop bought rolls of dyed cloth. Blinky Palemo died mysteriously and young in 1977 at the age of 33. His work included watercolours, site-specific wall-paintings, and odd collections of objects and materials – work that obdurately refuses to be pinned down, and strikes an extraordinary resonance with artists like Imi Knoebel, Richard Tuttle and a whole new generation of artists. Roberta Smith reviews the current retrospective at the Hirshhorn Museum in The New York Timeshere, and Barry Schwabsky writes about him in the December 2010 edition of  The Nation – registration may be required.

Blinky Palermo, Coney Island, 1975

Posted bt Paul Doran

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