- Blinky Palermo
- signed, titled and dated 69
- watercolour on photocopied paper laid down on card
- 96 by 68cm.; 37 3/4 by 26 3/4 in.
Galerie Heiner Friedrich, Munich
Private Collection, Germany
Sale: Christie’s, New York, Contemporary Art, 4 June 1998, Lot 126
Schönewald Fine Arts, Xanten
Zwirner & Wirth, New York
Acquired directly from the above by the present owner in 2003
Barcelona, Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona; and London, Serpentine Gallery, Blinky Palermo, 2002-03, p. 25, illustrated in colour
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Washington D.C., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; and New York, Dia Art Foundation, Dia: Beacon and CCS Bard, Blinky Palermo: Retrospective 1964-1977, 2010-11, p. 92, illustrated in colour
In the present work the intriguing figure-ground relationship calls to attention the constraints of the paper’s edges. The intuitively applied paint in Captagon is not limited by the boundaries of the paper; instead, it freely strays onto additional pieces, its flow of movement dictating the placement of these supplementary sheets. By challenging the concept of a single, contained support in this innovative work Blinky Palermo opens up pictorial space and challenges our comprehension of line. As the critic James Lawrence adds, “although the title hints at the conditions under which this striking work might have arisen...it is useful to consider how this composition deals with… delineation without determination, or how a line can evade circumscription by the conventional pictorial boundaries. Palermo was activating space by reconfiguring it” (James Lawrence, ‘Unfolding: Palermo on Paper’ in: Exhibition Catalogue, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (and travelling), Blinky Palermo: Retrospective 1964-1977, 2010-11, p. 93).