"Parlá's surfaces give form to mutable, protean masses and seem to reflect permutations of the human spirit."
Curator, Michael Rooks
Signed Catalogue José Parlá: Segmented Realities, 2015 -
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
'Segmented Realities' presents a group of five paintings and ten sculptural works by José Parlá, suggesting cultural fragments salvaged from urban sites that have experienced social and cultural upheaval and transformation. As do segments of walls in Havana, New York, London, or 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 invoking the city as its palimpsest.
These works act as palimpsests, surfaces bearing layers of marks, on which ensuing generations might imagine their own manifestos and declarations of selfhood. The High Museum of Art and Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery published this catalog on the exhibition's occasion in 2015-2016.
This book is published on the occasion of the exhibition José Parlá: Segmented Realities at the High Museum of Art in conversation with the retrospective of Wifedo Lam's, Imagining New Worlds, February 14th - May 24, 2015.
Curated by Michael Rooks
Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary
Art Direction: Tony Arcabascio
Editorial: José Parlá
Essay Author: Michael Rooks
Release: July 2015
Published by High Museum of Art & Damiani Editore