Palermo /   Peter Heisterkamp

Germany 1943 - 1977

Abstract Art, Painting

Peter Heisterkamp
March 5, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Palermo, born Peter Schwarze in Leipzig in 1943, was a visual artist and painter who worked with a variety of media in a Modernist style. Adopted as an infant with his twin brother, Michael, by foster parents named Heisterkamp, he became Peter Heisterkamp, and moved to Münster in 1962. His work is often characterized by geometric shapes and vibrant, saturated colors. In 1962, Palermo began studying art at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, where he worked with the artist Joseph Beuys. In 1964, he took on the name Blinky Palermo, after the American alleged Mafioso. Blinky later became his nickname, Palermo was his chosen artist name. He began to exhibit his artwork in 1968 in Germany, and after traveling to New York with fellow painter Gerhard Richter in 1970, he set up a studio there in 1973. Palermo incorporated an array of materials into his work.

In 1964, Palermo began to create a series of compositions called Stoffbilder (Cloth Pictures), which involved sewn strips of brightly colored, store-bought fabric attached to a canvas stretcher. In the late 1960s, he created murals (since destroyed), which were meticulously planned and recorded through preliminary drawings and photographs of installation space. Both reminiscent of and a departure from the Stoffbilder works, he began a series of paintings in 1972 called Metallbilder (Metal Pictures), by applying acrylic paints to steel and aluminum. In 1976, Palermo created what would be his last work, To the People of New York City, as a tribute to his home at the time.

The artist died suddenly in 1977, at the age of 33, while traveling in southwest Asia. Binky Palermo’s work was exhibited in more than 70 shows before his premature death. Retrospectives of his art have been held at the Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland in 1984, the Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany in 1993, and at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. Public collections holding major works by Palermo include the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Gallery in London, and the Dia Art Foundation. Most of the artist’s work, however, remains in the possession of private collectors and museums in Europe.

YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Palermo: Works 1973-1975 (upcoming) David Zwirner, New Yorksolo
2014Blinky Palermo. Das grafische WerkMuseum Morsbroich, Leverkusensolo
2014Germany divided: Baselitz and his generation. From the Duerckheim CollectionThe British Museum, Londongroup
2013Sachsen. Werke aus der Sammlung Deutsche BankMuseum der bildenden Kunste, Leipziggroup
2012Blinky Palermo. die gesamte GrafikMuseum DKM, Duisburgsolo
2012Wolfsburger SammlerKunstverein Wolfsburggroup
2011Palermo—Who knows the beginning and who knows the endLandesmuseum fur Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Munstersolo
2011Kompass - Zeichnungen aus dem Museum of Modern Art New York - The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings CollectionMartin-GropiusBau, Berlingroup
2010Blinky Palermo: Retrospective 1964-1977Los Angeles County Museum of Artsolo
2010Funktion der Zeichnun. Konzeptuelle Kunst auf Papier aus der Sammlung des MMKMuseum fur Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt a.
2009Mark Barrow, Anthony Pearson, Blinky PalermoLisa Cooley Fine Art, New Yorkgroup
2008Blattgold—Meisterwerke der Grafischen Sammlung des Museum MorsbroichMuseum Morsbroich, Leverkusengroup
2007Blinky Palermo – forever youngGalerie Bernd Kluser, Munichsolo
2007Blinky Palermo, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard RichterMaximilian Krips Galerie, Colognegroup
2006Blinky Palermo. Das grafische Werk und die AuflagenobjekteKunstfoyer, Munichsolo
2006Gregor Schneider: TotalschadenBonner Kunstvereingroup
2005Blinky Palermo—Imi KnoebelKunstverein KunstHaus Potsdam e.V., Potsdamsolo
2005Imageless Icons: Abstract ThoughtsGagosian Gallerygroup
2004Blinky Palermo. Graphische BlatterMuseum Wiesbadensolo
2004Potpourri VINeues und Altes aus der eigenen Sammlung, Kunsthalle Bremerhavengroup
2003PalermoDruckgrafik u. multiplizierte Objekte, Kunstverein Bremerhavensolo
2003Palermo—Sigmar Polke—Gerhard RichterGalerie Fred Jahn, Munichgroup
2002Blinky PalermoMuseu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Spainsolo
2002V.I.P. 1: Very Important PiecesMuseum Morsbroich, Leverkusengroup
2001Drawings by Beuys, Richter, Palermo, PolkeDavid Nolan Gallery, New Yorkgroup
2000Blinky PalermoGalerie Hauser & Wirth, Zurichsolo
2000Einraumen—Arbeiten im MuseumHamburger Kunsthallegroup
1999Trouble Spot: PaintingMuseum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerpgroup
1998Original ScaleApexart, New Yorkgroup
1997Blinky Palermo—zum 17.Februar 1977Krypta 182, Kunstverein Bergisch-Gladbachsolo
1997Magie der Zahl in des 20. JahrhundertsStaatsgalerie Stuttgart, Stuttgartgroup
1996Blinky PalermoGalerie Klaus Goebel, Stuttgartsolo
1996Black Grey & White—Part IGalerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Dusseldorfgroup
1995Blinky Palermo—Editioned WorkBrooke Alexander Editions, New Yorksolo
1995Auf Papier. Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts aus der Deutschen BankSchirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt
1994Blinky Palermo. Graphik aus der Sammlung GrotheNeues Museum Weserburg, Bremensolo
1994European and American Drawings 1961-69David Nolan Gallery, New York group
1993Palermo. GrafikGalerie Monika Spruth, Colognesolo
1993UnknownGalerie Karsten Greve, Cologne group
1992Die Zweite Chance—Blinky PalermoHamburger Kunstverein, Hamburgsolo
1992Giro Annen, Cecile Wick, Blinky PalermoKunsthalle Palazzo, Liestalgroup
1991Palermo. Wandmalerei (Blaue Dreiecke)Galerie des Beaux-Arts, Brusselssolo
1991Le Desert PeintGalerie Renos Xippas, Parisgroup
1990PalermoShigeru Yokota Gallery, Tokyosolo
1990Che Fare. Concept Art, Minimal Art, Arte Povera, Land ArtSammlung Marzona, Kunsthalle Bielefeldgroup
1989Palermo: Printed Works 1968-1975Daniel Newburg Gallery, New Yorksolo
1989Bilderstreit—Widerspruch, Einheit und Fragment in der Kunst seit 1960Messehallen, Colognegroup
1988Blinky Palermo. Leipzig 1943-1977 Iles MaldivesiGalerie Marie-Puck Broodthaers, Brusselssolo
1988Rot, Gelb, Blau: Die Primarfarben in der Kunst des 20 JahrhundertsKunstmuseum, St. Gallengroup
1987Unzuganglich-Zuganglich: Fruhe Arbeiten 1959-61 von Peter Heisterkamp (Sammlung Roedeske)Akademieforum Munstersolo
1987Watercolours by Joseph Beuys, Blinky Palermo, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard RichterGoethe Institut, Londongroup
1986DrawingsMarian Goodman, New Yorkgroup
1985Palermo und Jean Pierre BertrandGalerie Contemoraine, Parissolo
1985100 Jahre Kunst in Deutschland 1885-1985Ingelheim am Rheingroup
1984Palermo: Werke 1963-1977Kunstmuseum, Winterthursolo
1984Gerhard Richter: Two Sculptures for a Room by PalermoStadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munichgroup
1983Palermo. Die Gesamte Grafik und Auflagenobjekte 1966-1975. Sammlung J.W. FroehlichStadtisches Museum Abteibergsolo
1983Origen i visió – Nova Pintura AlemanyaCentre Cultural de la Caixa de Pensions, Barcelonagroup
1982German Drawings of the ‘60sYale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticutgroup
1981Palermo (Peter Heisterkamp)Stadtisches Kunstmuseum, Bonnsolo
1981Art Allemagne Aujourd’hui: Differents Aspects de l’Art Actuel en Republique Federale d’AllemagneMusee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Parisgroup
1980Palermo. Druckgrafik und MultiplesKunstverein Bremerhaven, Bremerhavensolo
1980Printed Art: A View of Two DecadesThe Museum of Modern Art, New Yorkgroup
1979Palermo. Grafik und MultiplesGalerie Forster, Munstersolo
1979Zeichen setzen durch ZeichnenHamburger Kunstvereingroup
1978Palermo. Dokumentation zu den WandzeichnungenGalerie Heiner Friedrich, Munichsolo
1978Architektur, Raume, ProjecteGalerien Maximilianstrasse, Munichgroup
1977Palermo. To the People of New York CityHeiner Friedrich, New Yorksolo
1977A Painting ShowPS 1, Institute for Art and Urban Resources, New Yorkgroup
1976Palermo. ZeichnungenGalerie Heiner Friedrich, Colognesolo
1976Drawing NowThe Museum of Modern Art, New Yorkgroup
1975Palermo. Zeichnungen 1963-1973Schmidt Bank Galerie, Nurembergsolo
1975Duckgraphik 1970-1974 und Hubert Troost: Zeichnungen als SerigraphienGalerie Gunter Sachs, Hamburggroup
1974Palermo. Mappenwerke Kunstlersiedlung Halfmannshof, Gelsenkirchensolo
1974Mappenwerke mit Graphiken 1971-1973 von Beuys, Huppi, Knoebel, Penck Richter und ein neues Objekt von PalermoGalerie Klein, Bonngroup
1973Palermo. Objekte Stadtisches Museum Monchengladbach, Monchengladbachsolo
1973Graphiken von Palermo, Polke, RichterTheater im Bonn-Center and Galerie Klein, Bonngroup
1972Palermo. GesamtgrafikGalerie Klein, Bonnsolo
1972Palermo. GrafikGlaerie Klaus Lupke, Frankfurt am Mainsolo
1972Palermo. Objekte (Tur, Wand, Wand)Galerie Heiner Friedrich, Munichsolo
1972ZeichnungenGalerie Stampa, Baselgroup
1971Palermo. Projekte 68-70Galerie Heiner Friedrich, Colognesolo
1971Dusseldorf: Stadt der KunstlerVortragszentrum der Neuen Messe, Dusseldorfgroup
1970Blinky Palermo, Gerhard Richter und Gunter UeckerWandmalerei, Palais des BeauxArts, Brusselssolo
1970Bildnerische Ausdrucksformen 1960-1970: Sammlung Karl Stroher Hessisches Landesmuseum, Darmstadtgroup
1969Palermo. Wandzichnung (Eroffnung zu Musik von Henning Christiansen: Modell op. 33) Kabinett fur Aktuelle Kunst, Bremerhavensolo
1969Klass BeuysStadtisches Museum Trier, Triergroup
1968Palermo. StoffbilderGalerie Konrad Fischer, Dusseldorfsolo
1968Minimal Art USAGalerie Rene Block, Berlin group
1967Palermo. Bilder und ObjekteGalerie Heiner Friedrich, Munichsolo
1967Demonstrative 67DuMont-Verlagshaus, Colognegroup
1966Palermo. Bilder und ZeichnungenGalerie Friedrich & Dahlem, Munichsolo
1965WeissWeissGalerie Alfred Schmela, Dusseldorfgroup