Following an incredible solo exhibition in Turkey last October, José Parlá is back. This time around, he is taking his talents to the Bronx Museum of Arts as part of his first-ever solo exhibition in New York City. The exhibition is entitled “It’s Yours,” a presentation that will include a series of paintings. The showcase is set to channel his hip-hop roots in The Bronx while shedding light on socio-political issues. His work touches on topics of gentrification and structural racism, and much more.
The exhibition statement reads: “The new paintings evoke the artist’s personal connection to the Bronx, as well as the borough’s influence, which has helped to shape how Parlá views painting history and cities around the world.” It goes on to add, “’It’s Yours’ encourages viewers to question ownership in New York’s rapidly changing neighborhoods.” Parlá is widely-recognized for his abstract paintings. His work is inspired by his graffiti background, offering a unique composition for an atmospheric. The exhibition is guest curated by Manon Slome, who is the co-founder and board president of No Longer Empty. The organization is based in NYC and is dedicated to launching community-responsive exhibitions and educational programs for the underprivileged youth. The two have been working together for the past 15 years.
The exhibition will run through February 26 until August 16. Take a closer look at the work in the images below and find out more now from The Bronx Museum of Arts. Keep it locked with The Culture Curators for more art news coming very soon.
Photos via José Parlá & The Bronx Museum of Arts