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04.23.15 Liam Mathews

This time-lapse video documents the lifespan of a piece by the French artist JR, from placement to removal. JR creates photographic portraits and pastes them up (or down, in this case) on city streets. For this work, JR took a photo of Elmar Aliyev, a recent immigrant to Brooklyn from Azerbaijan, and then pasted the […]

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04.07.14 Andy Cush

The latest work in street artist JR‘s “Inside Out” series aims to remind military drone pilots that their victims are not faceless, anonymous specks, but people with lives and families. Often, they are children. This particular child, whose name was not released, lost two siblings and both of her parents in a Predator drone strike. A […]

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05.06.13 Andy Cush

Fresh off of plastering the faces of New Yorkers and tourists alike all over Times Square, JR took to a location that’s decidedly more in keeping with his best-known work. The French street artist traveled to Rikers Island over the weekend to put his trademark large-scale wheatpasted photo posters on the prison’s walls. We’ve already […]

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04.22.13 Andy Cush

Your chance to be featured in one of JR’s signature wheatpaste pieces has finally arrived, and you don’t even have to travel to a developing nation to do it. From now until May 10, a mobile photo booth will be stationed in Times Square, taking portraits of passersby and printing them out on giant posters […]

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05.23.12 Marina Galperina

And there it is. JR’s mural at the High Line Park. Some people think it’s “absolutely genius.” Uh, ok.
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09.08.11 Marina Galperina

Street artist JR’s most recent project in the Middle East just goes to prove that his work really achieves full potential in third world and conflict-torn countries — not so much on trendy, metropolitan intersections. The artist set up photo-booths and printing salons in Israel’s Tel Aviv and Haifa and Palestine’s Bethlehem and Ramallah cities, […]

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08.29.11 Bucky Turco

Adding to the devastation caused by ‘Irene’s’ NYC stopover, is this shocking photogtraph taken at the Bowery Mural early Sunday. The rainfall mercilessly drenched JR’s work to the point that Kenny Scharf’s mural appeared to be making a comeback. (Photo: ANIMALNewYork) […]

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06.23.11 Bucky Turco

Kenny Scharf doesn’t have to worry about graffiti writers spray painting his Bowery Mural anymore, now it’s French street artist JR’s turn. In stark contrast to the latter’s brightly colored drippy faces, the $100k TED prize winner installed one of his signature, boring, oversized photo pieces of DJ Two Bears’ eyes that is just about […]

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03.30.11 Bucky Turco

In a lead up to the TED conference earlier this month, $100k prize winner and French street artist, JR, put up his signature work in Los Angeles, although you could hardly tell. The pieces came off as flat and mostly unimpressive, which isn’t the reaction his work normally evokes. Why didn’t these work? It wasn’t […]

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10.20.10 Bucky Turco

JR, a street artist who doesn’t suck and travels to places his peers never would, is the winner of the 2011 TED Prize. Known for his massive installations of black and white photo canvasses in some of the world’s poorest slums and richest cities, the semi-mysterious “photograffeur” from France will received a $100,000 grant to […]

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