by Hunter Drohojowska-Philp
When Peter Heisterkamp abandoned the name provided by his German foster parents in favor of Blinky Palermo
, the lively moniker of Sonny Liston’s boxing manager, he made a declaration of independence from his European roots. A native of Leipzig, student of Joseph Beuys
, friend of older artist Gerhard Richter
, Palermo struggled throughout his brief career to find a methodology for painting that could be justified during the politicized 1960s and 1970s.