Since 2004, French artist JR has traveled the world pasting colossal black and white portraits of ordinary citizens on the walls of urban buildings. His most recent project, The Wrinkles of the City, began in Cartagena, Spain, where he photographed the city’s oldest inhabitants, imagining their wrinkles as a symbol of the city’s rich history. He has subsequently reprised the project in Shanghai, China and Los Angeles.
Born in Miami in 1973, critically-acclaimed artist José Parlá has spent his career focused on what lies at the boundary between abstraction and calligraphy. His work themes from his childhood in South Florida in the ‘80s, time spent in Puerto Rico and abroad, and journeys through his ancestral Cuba. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn.
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