Covid. A Coma. A Stroke. José Parlá Returns From the Edge.

Max Lakin for The New York Times

After a lengthy recovery, the artist comes back with the most vigorous work he's made: "It took me a really long time to understand what had happened to me." - José Parlá

DETROIT - During the three months last year that the artist José Parlá was in a medically induced coma after contracting Covid-19, he had vivid dreams that he later found difficult to process: managing a Miami hotel circa 1980 and navigating a kidnapping plot involving his brother and the Hong Kong triads. "I was perceiving these dreams not as dreams but as memories," he said. "Events that I believed had happened but weren't real."


July 31, 2022