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JOSÉ PARLÁ, Diary of Brooklyn, 2012  


Art in the new Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York City


The Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets, is now also the site of a few
ambitious art projects that include a giant vinyl mural of Brooklyn's cityscape by
Mickalene Thomas (part of which is shown above) and a 70-foot-long painting by the
local artist José Parlá. A collaboration of three digital artists - Marc Downie, Shelley
Eshkar and Paul Kaiser - who call themselves OpenEndedGroup, will also get prime
placement on the center's 3,000-square-foot, 360-degree LED marquee outside the
main entrance. "The works by Mickalene Thomas, José Parlá and OpenEndedGroup
are just the beginning," Bruce Ratner, a co-owner of the center, said. Arnold L.
Lehman, director of the Brooklyn Museum, and Eugenie Tsai, a curator of
contemporary art there, are serving as advisers for the center's arts program.