FIRST LOOK: JR & JOSE PARLA’S “WRINKLES OF THE CITY” AT BRYCE WOLKOWITZ GALLERY

May 7, 2013  |  art

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Brothers from other mothers and fresh-to-death style icons Jose Parla & JR celebrated their 2012 "Wrinkles of the City" Havana, Cuba, project tonight with an opening of the same name at the venerable Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in Chelsea. Showcasing large-scale photographs of all their major murals from the Cuba trip mounted on Aluminum panels and one large-scale collaborative fine art painting, the show beautifully encapsulated what was and still is an incredible living tribute to the marginalized, but vibrant people of Jose Parla's homeland. While in Cuba last year, the pair traveled throughout the city, where JR photographed ordinary residents of all walks and then blew those images up to giant scale and applied them to the sides of buildings before turning the surface over to art partner Jose Parla to embellish with his narrative script paintings, telling the stories of the neighborhoods in the process. On view through July 12th, anyone in NYC should consider this show essential viewing...

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The legendary Martha Cooper & Miss Indie

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Jose Parla, the best-dressed man in art

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Supertouch buddy and Jose Parla blood Rey Parla with the lovely wifie

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The homies Jeff Staple & JR

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Photographs by Martha Cooper, Jeff Staple, Tomokazu Matsuyama, Indie184, Fletcher Andersen, Raoul Shah, & Ekaterini Balodimas

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