The Standard, High Line — last seen getting a nifty rooftop paint job from Romon “Rostarr” Kimin — has teamed up with another one of our favorite artists, José Parlá.
The Brooklyn artist has some seriously A-list fans — a couple of Basels ago, at The Standard Spa, Miami Beach, we attended the launch of Wrinkles of the City, a book that documents Parlá’s 2012 collaboration with French street artist JR (together they created enormous portraits of Cuban senior citizens, festooned the photos with Parlá’s signature calligraphic painting, and posted them around Havana). Somehow we found ourselves standing next to Beyonce and Jay-Z. Which wasn’t all that surprising: Hov is such a fan that he got Parlá to paint a mural for the Barclays Center. More recently, Parlá spent 10 months creating what might be the largest painting in the city (at 90 feet long by 14.5 feet tall) for the south lobby of One World Trade Center. (Watch this video to see how he did it in an almost acrobatic manner.)
Now Parlá has brought “Segmented Realities,” previously on display at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art, to New York, installing it in the plaza in front of The Standard, High Line. The three sculptural paintings resembling wall fragments are meant to evoke social upheaval in Miami (where the artist was born), San Juan (where he lived as a kid), and Havana (where is parents are from). No, none of the walls — made with acrylic and enamel on paper collage and wood — are a commentary on his current home of New York. After all, YouTube already got its hands on CBGB’s walls.
Parla’s solo exhibition, “Surface Body/Action Space,” will open in Chelsea’s Bryce Wolkowitz and Mary Boone galleries on Sept. 12.
And now you’ll know what those giant things are when you head to the Meatpacking District to mourn Hogs & Heifers.