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There is certainly something of-a-kind about Mary Heilmann s alternately
diaphonous and goopy supersaturated canvases and the rainbow-hued
fabric paintings of Blinky Palermo. Heilmann s work finds coded expression
in her images, linking figuration with abstraction, pictoriality with pictorial
narration and avoiding the one-dimensionality of a clearly identifiable
statement. When the American artist was invited to organize a solo
exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Bonn, she decided to stage her work
in a tête-à-tête with the museum s rich collection of Palermo s minimalist
paintings and wall objects, speculating that she would find in his work
a related sensibility and comparative proficiency vis-à-vis their shared
interest in skirting the dogmas of modernism. This resulting catalog
includes essays from Stephan Berg, Stefan Gronert, Georg Imdahl,
Christoph Schreier, Bernhart Schwenk and Stephen Westfall.