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Blinky Palermo: To the People of New York City


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Shortly before his death in 1977, German painter Blinky Palermo created his most significant cycle of paintings, dedicating it "to the people of nyc." The work consists of 15 parts, composed from 40 painted aluminum panels arranged in combinations of cadmium red, cadmium yellow, and black.  To the People of New York City (1976) is distinguished by its prescribed hanging and pacing and its rhythmically changing formats, which also bring to mind the jazz performances that Palermo sought out during his time in New York. This handsome edition discusses To the People of New York City—today in the collection of Dia Art Foundation—within this context and alongside works by his former teacher Joseph Beuys and his long-time friends and colleagues Imi Knoebel and Gerhard Richter, among others.

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Dia Art Foundation
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208 pages
7.5 x 10 in.
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Edited by Lynne Cooke and Karen Kelly, with Barbara Schröder. Essays by Lynne Cooke, Laszlo Glozer, Bernhart Schwenk, Christine Mehring, Anne Rorimer, David Reed, Pia Gottschaller, Dieter Schwarz, and Jaleh Mansoor

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Blinky Palermo was born in Leipzig, Germany, in 1943. He died in the Maldives in 1977.

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