JR from street art to gallery
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.