Born in 1983 in France, JR works between Paris and New York. After finding a camera in the Paris metro in 2001, he traveled Europe to meet those who express themselves on walls and facades, and pasted their portraits in the streets, undergrounds and rooftops of Paris. The artist creates 'Pervasive Art' that spreads uninvited on the buildings of the slums around Paris, on the walls in the Middle-East, on the broken bridges in Africa or the favelas in Brazil. People who often live with the bare minimum discover something absolutely unnecessary. In that Art scene, there is no stage to separate the actors from the spectators. JR exhibits freely in the streets of the world, catching the attention of people who are not typical museum visitors.
Text courtesy Perrotin.
You've probably heard of the French artist and photographer JR, even if you don't pay much attention to contemporary art. So few living artists are the subjects of a 60 Minutes profile by Anderson Cooper. Then there was the Academy Award nomination last year for the documentary Faces, Places, codirected with the legendary French New Wave filmmaker...
The French artist JR, best-known for his giant art works on city walls, gets his first major retrospective in the Middle East with an exhibition opening at QM Gallery Katara in Doha next month (9 March-31 May 2017).
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Alicia Keys x JR live for the opening of Horizontal exhibition at Perrotin New York, June 27, 2018
JR is a self-described photographer who uses perspective photography to create unique fly-posts on walls. Often drawing inspiration from people and their life stories, JR has produced well-known works that reflect social controversies in society today.
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