JR, a French Street Artist in the US

Pasting in Philadelphia, PA on the Graham Building in Dilworth Park. “Migrants, Ibrahim, Mingora-Philadelphia” is a portrait of Ibrahim, a Philadelphia resident who immigrated here from Pakistan. The best place to view it from is the corner of 16th and Chestnut Streets. July 2015.


French Artist JR (33) owns the biggest art gallery in the world.

He exhibits freely in the streets of the world, catching the attention of people who are not typical museum visitors. His work mixes Art and Act, talks about commitment, freedom, identity and limit.

After he found a camera in the Paris subway, he did a tour of European Street Art, tracking the people who communicate messages via the walls. Then, he started to work on the vertical limits, watching the people and the passage of life from the forbidden undergrounds and roofs of Paris.

JR creates “Pervasive Art” that spreads uninvited on the buildings of the slums around Paris, on the walls in the Middle-East and USA, on the broken bridges in Africa or the favelas in Brazil. People who often live with the bare minimum discover something absolutely unnecessary. And they don’t just see it, they make it. Some elderly women become models for a day; some kids turn artists for a week. In that Art scene, there is no stage to separate the actors from the spectators.


Lafayette between Prince and Spring in Soho, New York City. July 2015

Collaboration with Osgemeos done last week in Lower East Side, New York City. August 2015

The image is from the filming of JR’s short film “Les Bosquets” when New York City Ballet ballerina Lauren Lovette jumping on a roof in the suburbs of Paris, New York City. August 2015

After 4 days of pasting, the face of Brandon Many Ribs, from the Lakota tribe, overlooks the Highline in New York, at 29th Street. 2012.

Washington. USA, 2012.

In april 2015, the New York Times Magazine reached out to JR to think about a project together. He told them he had been working for a year on Immigration and would love to continue what he started on Ellis Island in the city. So, they looked for people who arrived in NYC less than a year ago. They chose 15 coming from all over the world. JR photographed them walking in the city all of them completely unknown living in the shadows of the city and learning English slowly. In a few hours during the night, we pasted Elmar, 20 years old who came from Azerbaijan, on the floor of Flat Iron Plaza in New York City. The image was 150 feet high. People walked on him all day and no one really noticed him.

and Rio de Janeiro – Favela Morro da Providência (Brazil, 2008) :

and Bethlehem (Palestine, 2007) :

and Kibera Slum, Train Passage 5 (Kenya, 2009) :

and La Havana (Cuba, 2012) :

and Inside Out installation at Pantheon, Paris (France, 2014) :

Website: JR – Artist

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