CCS Bard will present Palermo’s Works on Paper and early works, 1964–1973; the exhibition at Dia:Beacon will comprise the artist’s Metal Pictures and late works, 1973–1977.
Blinky Palermo was born Peter Schwarze in 1943 in Leipzig. In 1962 he entered the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, where he studied with Joseph Beuys, and in 1964 he adopted the name Blinky Palermo, which he appropriated from an American boxing manager and mafioso. In 1968 Palermo showed wall drawings at the Galerie Heiner Friedrich, Munich. After visiting New York with Gerhard Richter in 1970, he established a studio there in 1973. Palermo died in 1977, while traveling in the Maldives. His last work, To the People of New York City (1976), was shown at the Heiner Friedrich Gallery, New York, in 1977, and at Dia in Chelsea, in 1987.
Before it cost more than $60 to fill my tank, Beacon was on our summer itinerary. Now we have to think twice. But strong shows like this make our eventual day trip that much more lkely.