Jan 1st, 1966 Simon & Garfunkel's "Sounds of Silence" reaches #1
Mar 12th, 1966 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
Oct 6th, 1966 - LSD is declared illegal in the United States
April 4, 1968 Martin Luther King, Jr. is shot dead at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. Riots erupt in major American cities, lasting for several days.
November 14, 1968 – Yale University announces it is going to admit women.
1. Barnett Newman, The Moment, 1966
2. Blinky Palermo, Blaue Scheibe Und Stab (Blue Disc And Stick) 1968
"Blaue Scheibe und Stab [Blue Disc and Stick] (1968) is one of Blinky Palermo's most celebrated 'Objects', created at a time of great discovery and creativity in the artist's life. Palermo created a series of two-part wall works in the late 1960s, but Blaue Scheibe und Stab is the only one which was intended to stand on the floor instead of being hung like a painting. The artist, who was perhaps most famous for the inclusion of fabric in his works, here employed yet another non-artistic medium, thick adhesive tape, which added a special dimension to the piece: 'the blue tape engulfing the disc and the stick functions much like the fabric in the Stoffbilder, asserting its ready-made identity at the same time that the work's sublime beauty transcends it.
Although color was always a key element of Palermo's work, Klaus Schrenk believes that the blue tape's physicality, in addition to its hue, is crucial to the success of the piece: 'The slight overlap of the tape creates a surface structure which has a very special part to play in this work. The shaky equilibrium which obviously exists between the upright rod and the disc is corrected visually by the horizontal lines of the tape. This absence of a latent stability in this two part work may also be the reason why the artist chose to relocate it from the wall onto the floor. But here there is no hovering in space, no extension of the two-dimensional into the three-dimensional, as is the case with Palermo's wal lpieces. Instead, Palermo packages the centrifugal forces that are locked up in the disc - forces which threaten to upset the work's instability any moment."
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