José Tola’s Anthology
Date posted: November 27, 2012
Y Gallery is hosting a major show of Jose Tola curated by Cecilia Jurado and Aldo Sánchez. José Tola: An Anthology is a personal selection by the curators of Tola’s work from the two decades. This is the first solo show of Tola in New York and serves as a homage to an artist that has devoted the last 40 years of his life to create oniric and colorful scenes.
Jose Tola, La modelo del tiempo, 2002. Ink, graphite and collage on paper, 22 x 30 inches. Courtesy of the artist.
José Tola’s Anthology
By Y Gallery
Y Gallery is hosting a major show of José Tola curated by Cecilia Jurado and Aldo Sánchez. José Tola: An Anthology is a personal selection by the curators of Tola’s work from the two decades. This is the first solo show of Tola in New York and serves as a homage to an artist that has devoted the last 40 years of his life to create oniric and colorful scenes.
Tola is a legend 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 Guayasam√≠n and Fernando de Szyszlo, who each went on to become distinguished virtuosos of South American painting.
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 early work, José Tola has experimented with a multitude of materials and their inherent characteristics, such as the ephemerality of cardboard and matches, to the more traditional use of oil on canvas. His melancholic mannerisms have a distinct appeal. Numerous myths circulate about the “darkness”of Tola’s artistic persona, and his work has corroborated the sterotype of the “infant terrible.” As a result, the encountered experience between viewer and work is none other than confrontational and emotional.
José Tola: An Anthology is on view at Y Gallery until December 23.