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Puerto Rican Art News | "Hay luz" exhibición individual de Papo Colo en la Galería Roberto Paradise

Esta exposición es el resultado de una exploración visual iniciada tras el regreso de Papo Colo a Puerto Rico después de haber estado establecido en la ciudad de Nueva York desde la década del setenta, donde cofundó y codirigió el aclamado Exit Art por más de treinta años.

Puerto Rico Art News, February 13, 2018

 
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Artforum | Walk the Talk

Colo’s Procesión-Migración was inspired by Puerto Rican playwright René Marqués’s 1953 La Carreta—which follows a family who leaves the countryside for San Juan, and then the Bronx, in search of a better life—as well as his own incredible story, including a forty-year-long sojourn in New York before he returned to the island several years ago.

Ann Binlot, January 11, 2017

 
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Artnet | News An Artist Returns to Puerto Rico to Disappear

After 40 years in New York, Papo Colo returned to Puerto Rico for the performance of his life.

Rozalia Jovanovic, January 13, 2017

 
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Vice | Artist Papo Colo Is Spending 400 Days of Solitude in the Puerto Rican Jungle

The celebrated artist's latest performance brings attention to the largest mass-migration from the island since the 60s.

The Creator’s Project, February 13, 2017

 
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New Yorker | Papo Colo Drawing Survey at Clocktower

The heart of the show is a group of ink drawings, made in 2012, which are small in scale but ferocious in their intensity.

The New Yorker, April 2013

 
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Hyperallergenic | “I Am an Invented Character”: A Performance Artist on Living in His Utopia

“I am back in New York. My lungs need poison air,” began Papo Colo in one of his recent emails to me. The interdisciplinary artist has been traveling back and forth between New York City and his home island of Puerto Rico, and cites the depressing New York City pollution. He speaks in a peculiar way: dramatics are used not for emphasis, but as part and parcel of his everyday colloquialisms. For Colo, life is a wildly vivid thing, intense simply because he’s living it. His art practice, since its inception — according to him, that’s nearly as long as he’s been alive — functions in the same manner, grandiose and theatrical because he is, too.

Monica Uszerowicz, August 24, 2016

 
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Village Voice | Present and Accounted For: Papo Colo’s Early Performances Showcased at P.S.1

Our eyes have gotten so used to the blitz of the showstopping retrospective that it’s easy to miss the quieter detonations an artist can set off inside a museum. If you visit MoMA P.S.1 right now, you might just walk right by a modest exhibition dedicated to early performances by the multimedia artist and cultural superhero Papo Colo. But to do so would be to miss out on an introduction, or reintroduction, to singular works by a man for whom life and art and politics and love were (and are) so entwined as to be a much-needed presence right now — a role model who points to the possibilities of what it means to be an artist in this world.

Jennifer Krasinski, July 12, 2016