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French street artist JR is a 2011 TED Prize winning artist whose real name is a mystery to the public. The artist is known for large-scale creating black and white wheatpaste installations, guerrilla style, in streets around the world, and enjoys catching the attention of people who don’t visit museums. This past April, The New York Times Magazine covered him with a piece entitled “Walking New York” featuring a massive aerial photo piece at the Flatiron Plaza.

JR’s recent exhibition “Face 2 Face” was the world’s largest illegal exhibition—consisting of huge portraits of Israelis and Palestinians face to face. By combining art and conflict, JR emphasizes freedom, identity and limits.

"Inside Out" by JR, in the Pantheon in Paris

“Inside Out” by JR, in the Pantheon in Paris

French journalist and art critic Fabrice Bousteau described JR as: “the one we already call the Cartier-Bresson of the 21st century” His latest installation, entitled “People VS People”  is open all summer in the CAC Malaga Museum in Spain, and includes a screening of the film Les Bosquets.

To connect with JR, head on to his website.

 

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Face2Face Project – JR (2006)

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“Walking New York” New York Times Magazine, 2015

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