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"Caught very much in the moment, Parlá's time is always transitory, a measure of echoes rather than certainties, a resonance of history where absence constitutes a more formidable presence than anything so shiny and new as the present." - Carlo McCormick
Parlá's works have appeared in major exhibitions internationally. Most recently in Tokyo for his solo exhibition “Prose”, that opened at Yuka Tsuruno Gallery in Tokyo, Japan and “Broken Language” another solo show in London’s Haunch of Venison Gallery. Parlá's latest projects also include a permanent mural commissioned by SNØHETTA and the North Carolina State University for the new Hunt Library.
In 2012 Parlá participated in the Havana Biennial in collaboration with French artist JR for with their project "Wrinkles of the City Havana, Cuba”, that also produced a film directed by the two artists that in 2013 won Grand Prize Best Short Documentary at the Heartland Film Festival. Parlá was also commissioned a mural painting by the Brooklyn Academy of Music for the new BAM FISHER Theatre in Brooklyn, and a public mural commissioned by the BARCLAYS CENTER in Downtown Brooklyn.
Also in 2013, Parlá was part of a panel discussion at MOMA for the POPRALLY event curated by Sarah Suzuki: WRITERS AND WRITING: NARRATIVE ON THE PAGE AND IN THE STREET. In 2011 José Parlá exhibited his solo exhibition at his New York Gallery, Bryce Wolkowitz under the title “Walls, Diaries and Paintings” also the title of his Hatje Cantz monograph of the same year. Mr. Parlá is also an advisory board member of No Longer Empty.
"Like Gerhard Richter, Parlá sees our art-historical notions of abstraction and abstract expressionism as having inextricably and poetically woven themselves in our contemporary understanding of the real, the authentic, the dramatic, the historic, the classic, the modern, the global, the magical, the African, the human." - Greg Tate