David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of works on paper from 1976-1977 by German artist Palermo (on view at the gallery's 537 West 20th Street location). Drawn from museum and private collections, the exhibition has been organized in collaboration with the Palermo Archive on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the artist’s birth. The majority of the works on view were executed in New York, where the artist lived and worked from 1973 until the spring of 1976. The artist died in February 1977.
Although it has been linked with distinct 20th Century art practices–including abstraction, Minimalism, and Conceptual art–Palermo's diverse body of work defies easy classification. Throughout his brief and influential career, Palermo executed paintings, objects, installations, and works on paper that addressed the contextual and semantic issues at stake in the construction, exhibition, and reception of works of art. His handling of form and color comprises a complex and experimental investigation of aesthetic concepts and of the semiotic possibilities of visual language.