Blinky Palermo - Editions & Works on Paper New York Friday, July 24, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Christie’s New York, Prints & Multipes, October 26, 2011, lot 322
    Private American Collection

  • Literature

    Fred Jahn 36

  • Catalogue Essay

    Characterized as the “James Dean of German Art” by Deborah Wye, in Prints: Masterworks from the Museum of Modern Art, Blinky Palermo’s cool demeanor and untimely death have long created an elusive figure. Growing up in Germany, Palermo was mesmerized by American culture, taking the name ‘Blinky Palermo’ from an American mobster. In title Palermo’s Happier than the Morning Sun to Stevie Wonder, notably recalls the artist’s fascination with popular American culture. Made after the artist moved to New York in 1973, the four grano-lithographs and plywood multiple that comprise the present lot remind of Palermo’s fierce dedication to abstraction. Created a year after his 1974 mixed media work of the same name, these prints and multiple celebrate two constants in Palermo’s work, the triangle and wood.


Happier than the Morning Sun 'to Stevie Wonder'

Plywood multiple and four grano-lithographs in red, on wove paper, with full margins and the full sheet.
prints S. 22 7/8 x 31 7/8 in. (58.1 x 81 cm)
plywood triangle 22 x 9 3/4 in. (55.9 x 24.8 cm)

One signed, aside from the edition of 20, published by Heiner Friedrich, Cologne, the prints framed.

$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $70,000

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 23 - 24 July 2020