This reinstallation of the Palermo galleries centers on Times of the Day I–VI (1974–76), a six-part series comprising 24 individual paintings, which the artist began two years after relocating to New York City and taking up painting on aluminum panels. The paintings were executed on square panels divided into three horizontal bands painted with vibrant and saturated colors. The chromatic juxtapositions, organized in a sequence ranging from bright to opaque hues, allude to the shift of light as the day progresses from sunrise to noon and from sunset to dusk. The fore gallery leading into Times of the Day I–VI features Winkel rot-Weiß (Angle Red-White) (1965), a work from Dia's collection on view for the first time at Dia:Beacon.
Blinky Palermo was born Peter Schwarze in Leipzig in 1943. He and his twin brother, Michael, grew up as adopted children under the name Heisterkamp. In 1962, he entered the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, where he studied with Bruno Goller and then with Joseph Beuys and, in 1964, adopted the name Blinky Palermo, which he appropriated from the American boxing promoter-cum-mafioso Frank “Blinky” Palermo, famous for being the manager of heavyweight champion Sonny Liston. In 1968, Palermo showed his wall drawings at the Galerie Heiner Friedrich, Munich. After visiting New York with Gerhard Richter in 1970, he established a studio there in 1973. Palermo died in 1977, while traveling in the Maldives. The Times of the Day series (1974–76) was first shown at the Heiner Friedrich Gallery, New York, in summer 1978. Before his death, Palermo partici- pated in more than seventy exhibitions and represented Germany at the São Paulo Bienal in 1975. He has had posthumous retrospectives at the Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (1984); the Kunstmuseum Bonn (1993); Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) (2002–3); the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (2007–8); and Dia:Beacon and the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York (CCS Bard) (2011).