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JOSÉ PARLÁ: BOOK SIGNING @ MoMA Design

JOSÉ PARLÁ has influenced my art work for over fifteen years. The first time I saw his work it absolutely changed the way I saw the world. If you happen to be in NYC this Thursday, you must stop by MoMA for his book signing.

JOSÉ PARLÁ: BOOK SIGNING

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 19th @ MoMA Design and Book Store
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

On hand at the store will be, In Medias Res, which concentrates on the body of Parlá’s work that stems from his experiences of living and traveling in various countries: his time in Puerto Rico, his childhood in South Florida in the 1980s, extended journeys throughout the southern United States and Central America in the 1990s and most recent travels throughout Europe, Asia and his ancestral land of Cuba. Published on the occasion of the artist’s second solo exhibition at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, September 12 – October 18, 2014 with essays by Lara Pan and Dieter Buchhart.

José Parlá: In Medias Res

Published by Damiani/Bryce Wolkowitz
Text by Manon Slome, Greg Tate, Carlo McCormick, Michael Betancourt, Isolde Brielmaier, Lara Pan, Bryce Wolkowitz, Dieter Buchhart.

José Parlá: In Medias Res. José Parlá has received critical acclaim for his works, which lie at the boundary between abstraction and calligraphy. Composed of layers of paint, gestural drawing and found ephemera, his work evokes the histories of urban environments: Parlá is a documentarian of city life. Using the backdrop of world cities, he remakes in paint what may appear to be photorealist fragments of what he sees in the chaos of the metropolis. His paintings reflect the accumulated memories and experiences, the walls that show a place that once was built over, renewed in some other configuration. Parlá paints revelations, the proof of the history of our neighborhoods; his work shows that words, signs and marks come to mean more, over time, in this symphony of diversity that surrounds us. In Media Res concentrates on the body of Parlá’s work that stems from his experiences of living and traveling in various countries: his time in Puerto Rico, his childhood in South Florida in the 1980s, extended journeys throughout the southern United States and Central America in the 1990s and most recent travels throughout Europe, Asia and his ancestral land of Cuba. Spanning painting, watercolor, photography and sculpture, this volume shows Parlá at his most versatile and cosmopolitan.

José Parlá (born 1973) was recently commissioned by One World Trade Center for his monumental mural painting, “One: Union of the Senses” (November 2014), the largest of its kind in New York City, in the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. He also has work at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn (January 2013) and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (September 2012), as well as having held solo exhibitions at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in New York, Haunch of Venison (London), Yuka Tsuruno gallery (Tokyo) and the High Museum of Atlanta. In 2013, Parlá was added to the collection of the British Museum in London and the Albright Knox in Buffalo, New York. Parlá lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.



Also, Segmented Realities, based on an exhibition at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta of the same title, the catalogue compiles a group of five paintings and ten sculptural paintings by the artist. Each of the works suggests fragments salvaged from urban sites that have experienced social upheaval and transformation. As do segments of the Berlin wall, Parlá’s sculptures bear witness to the waves of history inscribed on their surfaces, created with the poetic language of the city, these works act as palimpsests, surfaces bearing layers of marks on which ensuing generations might imagine their own manifestos and declarations of selfhood. With an essay by curator Michael Rooks, this hardcover catalogue is a gorgeous documentation of Parlá’s exhibition.

José Parlá: Segmented Realities

December 12, 2014-May 24, 2015

José Parlá: Segmented Realities presents a group of ten sculptural paintings by José Parlá that suggest cultural fragments salvaged from urban sites that have experienced social and cultural upheaval and transformation. As do segments of the Berlin wall, Parlá’s sculptures bear witness to waves of history that seem to be inscribed on their surfaces, told in an expressive and poetic language of the street. These works act as palimpsests, surfaces bearing layers of marks, on which ensuing generations might imagine their own manifestos and declarations of selfhood.

This installation is a prologue exhibition in anticipation of the upcoming exhibition Imagining New Worlds, opening at the High Museum of Art on February 14, 2015. The exhibition is divided into three parts: a retrospective of twentieth-century artist Wifredo Lam and responses to Lam’s legacy by Parlá and Atlanta-based artist Fahamu Pecou.



For Parlá’s most recent project, Surface Body / Action Space, presented in a collaborative two-part exhibition at Bryce Wolkowitz’s Gallery with Mary Boone’s Gallery in Chelsea September 12 – October 31, 2015 an exquisitely photographed catalogue for the same occasion has been produced. Parlá creates exuberant paintings and sculptures that historicize the duality of his identity and contextualize his work in Neo-Expressionism and Realism. The artist allegorizes painterly gesture of texture as the body and form of the works, and writing gesture as a performance aspect. Both paintings and sculptures depict political connections between the body as government and its extremities as the people. Parlá’s experience, from 1980s Miami, to friendships with legendary artists of the 1970s and 1980s New York scene, adds a potent and personal undercurrent to his painterly engagement with the history of American Abstract Art. 



SURFACE BODY / ACTION SPACE is the third solo exhibition of Brooklyn based artist José Parlá with Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, which is proud to announce a collaborative two-part exhibition for the first time with Mary Boone Gallery in Chelsea. José Parlá has emerged as one of the most innovative painters of his generation, having spent decades establishing a unique style that transmutes the language of cities worldwide. Parlá’s experience, from 1980’s Miami, to friendships with legendary artists of the 1970’s and 1980’s New York scene, adds a potent and personal undercurrent to his painterly engagement with the history of American Abstract Art.

In Surface Body / Action Space

Parlá produces exuberant paintings and sculptures that historicize the duality of his identity and contextualize his work in Neo-Expressionism and Realism. The artist allegorizes painterly gesture of texture as the body and form of the works, and writing gesture as a performance aspect. Both paintings and sculptures depict political connections between the body as government and its extremities as the people.

In this exhibition, Parlá investigates the history of 20th century painting and its impact on the duality of his Cuban American heritage. His investigations link the historical perspective of painters like Cuban artist Wifredo Lam, the American Abstract Expressionists Clifford Still and Cy Twombly, the international Italian artist Mimmo Rotella, Turkish artist Burhan Dogançay, and the Spanish painter Antoni Tàpies. Inspired by Gustavo Pérez Firmat’s seminal book, Life on the Hyphen, Parlá explores the idea of erasing the hyphen between the two words Cuban-American, which are two worlds in one in Parlá’s own experience. As the artist states:

“The title and concept of Surface Body / Action Space serves as a metaphor for the language of my new paintings and sculptures. The works negotiate two, sometimes four modes of thinking, linking artistic process to philosophy. Being that they are psycho-geographical in nature, I explore the crossroads of life on the hyphen between Cuba and the United States. In the works designated as Surface Body, I contemplate wall structures, cities and the State as being political borders, with opposing polarities, whereas Action Space employs a fast calligraphic mark, in juxtaposition with vast spaces of color significantly symbolizing personal freedom. The static contrasts in the works cause compositional interruptions, depicting blurred political lines, while illustrating a focus on the tension between maximal and minimal approaches in abstract painting. For me, Abstraction is boundless and is one of the greatest tools to interpret the human condition.”

José Parlá (1973) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He exhibits internationally, most recently as part of the 2015 Havana Biennial in May. Parlá’s major commissions include One World Trade Center, the Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAM Fisher building and the James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University by the architectural firm SNØHETTA. In 2012, Parlá collaborated with French artist JR and exhibited Wrinkles of the City – Havana, Cuba at the 11th Havana Biennial. During February of 2015 Parlá opened his solo exhibition Segmented Realities, at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta in dialogue with Wifredo Lam’s retrospective: Imagining New Worlds. This past summer Parlá opened an outdoor installation of sculptures at The Standard Highline Plaza in New York City. 

Parlá’s work is in the permanent collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York; The British Museum, London; the POLA Museum of Art in Hakone, Japan; and the Burger Collection in Hong Kong.

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