José Parlá

1973 · United States

Artist biography

José Parlá is a mid-career contemporary visual artist, who originates from the United States, like other celebrated artists such as Emily Cobb, Elana Herzog, Alexander May, Martha Tuttle, and Danny Greene. José Parlá was born in 1973.

Galleries and Exhibitions

José Parlá's work is available on display in Ben Brown Fine Arts | London in the United Kingdom and Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in the United States. José Parlá most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Ben Brown Fine Arts | London in the United Kingdom with the exhibition JOSÉ PARLÁ: ECHO OF IMPRESSIONS. The exhibition was open from 03 October 2018 until 09 November 2018. José Parlá's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; Textures of Memory (18 September 2019 - 03 November 2019) at Ben Brown Fine Arts | Hong Kong in China and Anonymous Vernacular (24 April 2019 - 28 June 2019) at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in the United States.

José Parlá in private collections

José Parlá's works can be seen in Mark Hicks collection on Artland. This collection also contains works by renowned artists Ruth Asawa, Sarah Derat, and Willy Spiller.

Historical Context of United States

The US, especially New York city, endures as a focal point that has played a substantial role in developing modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century. The idea of New York as a new cosmopolitan and highly influential art hub emerged in the post war era, and the city thrived in asserting its supremacy over Paris, which used to be regarded as the most powerful international art centre. The authority of the political and economic institutions of the United States in the modern era has granted the country with a prevailing influence on the visual culture of the world. Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, are influential art movements that flourished in the United States. These very movements also echoed into a multitude of variations, such as diverse forms of Abstract Expressionism, as well as East and West Coast variants of Pop Art, among others. Some internationally distinguished U.S artists of the contemporary period age include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for José Parlá

Born in 1973, José Parlá's creative work was primarily influenced by the 1990s. In the United Kingdom, a group of artists known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, dominated the artistic culture of the decade. They were a loosely affiliated and diverse group, united generally by their age and nationality. A number of the members had attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by Charles Saatchi, the ‘super collector’ of art at the time. The most famous member of the group is arguably Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). Through their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, the YBAs garnered a controversial reputation image which was further fuelled by their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was at the same time rebellious and enterprising. The group was predominant in the British art scene in the 1990s and their group show ‘Sensation’ is now viewed as legendary. Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of making art based on human relations and their social context, became a key idea in the 1990s. Works by artists including Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as important artists who worked to this outline.

José Parlá

  • Artworks in Collections 2
  • Exhibitions 5

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