José Tola "An Anthology"

Y Gallery (319 Grand St.)

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Y Gallery presents the first solo show in New York of master Peruvian painter, José Tola. Tola is considered an institution in the contemporary art world of Peru, and his controversial work is a legacy for younger generations of artists. After returning from studies in Spain, he faced rapid recognition and success as an emerging artist, winning important awards and an inclusion in the 1st Exhibition of Contemporary Painting from the Andes alongside artists such as Fernando Botero, Oswaldo Guayasamín and Fernando de Szyszlo, who each went on to become distinguished virtuousos of South American painting in their own right.

José Tola: An Anthology features a selection of paintings, drawings and sculptures, compelling viewers to appreciate the work of an auteur who has developed a distinguished eminence over a 40 years career. Tola’s work inspects the psychology of human behavior by presenting soulful and conflicted characters imbued with varying dispositions as they demand a powerful presence within the gallery space. Since his earlier work José Tola has experimented with a multitude of materials and their inherent characteristics, such as the ephimerality of cardboard and matches to the more traditional use of oil on canvas. His melancholic mannerisms have been a distinctive component of his work. Numerous myths circulate about the “darkness” of Tola’s artistic persona, and his work has corroborated the sterotype of the enfant terrible. As a result, the encountered experience between viewer and work is none other than confrontational and emotional.



from November 16, 2012 to December 22, 2012

Opening Reception on 2012-11-16 from 18:00 to 21:00


José Tola

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