Palermo - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Wednesday, October 3, 2018 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Galerie Heiner Friedrich, Munich
    Sammlung Erik Moscl, Munich
    Sammlung Dürckheim, Munich
    Prinz Franz von Bayern, Munich
    Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich
    Acquired from the above by the late owner in 1990

  • Exhibited

    Leipzig, Museum der bildenden, Künste; Kunstraum München, BLINKY PALERMO, 6 June - 20 November 1993, pp. 59, 211 (illustrated, p.59)
    Edinburgh, Royal Scottish Academy and The Fruit Market Gallery; London, Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre; Munich, Haus der Kunst, The Romantic Spirit in German Art 1790-1990, 28 July 1994 - 1 May 1995, no. 276 (illustrated)

  • Literature

    Erich Maas and Delano Greenidge, eds., Blinky Palermo 1943 - 1977, New York, 1989, pp. 57, 152 (illustrated, p. 57)
    Thordis Moeller, ed., Palermo Band II Zeichnungen, Bonn, 1995, no. 409, n.p. (illustrated)

  • Artist Biography


    German • 1943 - 1977

    Blinky Palermo is best known for his monochromatic canvases and fabric paintings made from simple lengths of material cut, stitched and stretched over a frame. Palermo painted on aluminium, steel, wood, paper and Formica, often making lines out of tape instead of paint. He completed approximately 65 paintings between 1966 and 1972 titled Stoffbilder (Fabric Paintings); in this signature series, he took ready-made department-store fabrics and stitched them into vibrant panels.

    Palermo studied under Joseph Beuys alongside Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter. Public collections holding major works by Palermo include the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Gallery in London, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C. and the Dia Art Foundation. Most of the artist's work, however, remains in the possession of private collectors and museums in Europe.

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Ohne Titel

signed and dated 'Palermo 71' lower centre
coloured crayon and graphite on paper
work 15 x 10.8 cm (5 7/8 x 4 1/4 in.)
sheet 66.5 x 45.6 cm (26 1/8 x 17 7/8 in.)

Executed in 1971.

£10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for £31,250

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 4 October 2018