JR from street art to gallery

The Pullman Magazine - - Places & People To Love - Can art change the world? (Phaidon edi­tions)

769,000 In­sta­gram fol­low­ers, 345,825 on Face­book, 48,902 on Twit­ter… These fig­ures speak vol­umes about the suc­cess of JR’s work. The French artist, now based in New York,

has spent years ques­tion­ing our ur­ban en­vi­ron­ment and our society with his over­sized black-and-white por­traits. Sixty of his pieces have re­cently been ex­hib­ited at the Per­rotin

gallery, and the artist has also em­barked on a project with French film­maker Agnès Varda. So can art change the world? The ques­tion might seem naïve if it weren’t for the fact that JR’s work is so gen­er­ous, abun­dant and de­com­part men­tal­iz­ing. This mono­graph is the first to be solely ded­i­cated to the artist’s work. It looks back over his ca­reer so far and ex­am­ines some of his cur­rent work, as well as of­fer­ing a be­hind-the-scenes look at his stu­dios in Paris and New York. As we turn the pages, the por­trait of an era grad­u­ally

un­folds be­fore us, as seen through JR’s com­mit­ted yet mis­chievous eye.

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