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FROM RIO TO PARIS, JR'S PARTICIPATIVE ART

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From Rio to Paris, JR’s interactive art, between action and exchange

JR Women are Heroes Paris/ © Martine Franck (Magnum)

If you happen to find yourself waiting for a train at the Gare de Lyon, until November 2, you will be able to admire one along the quay on the Ile Saint-Louis. Side by side, on the Louis-Philippe Bridge, gigantic black eyes scrutinize. Directly in front of Notre-Dame, the elongated, anamorphic body of an African women stretches.

Is JR a revolutionary? Yes, a velvet revolution, or perhaps paper. This train, those eyes and that body are photographs 5 meters high each (which comes to 3 stories of scaffolding, we speak from experience…) along several kilometers within the city: an open air exhibit, an artistic hold-up...

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… and in the biography of the artist

Originally from the Parisian suburbs, JR made his debut in the world of graffiti during a period where he took the habit of leaving his print on the rooftops of Paris. Happening upon photography by random chance, after having found a camera in the Paris metro, the fetish awakened within him. JR begins to produce portraits of his graffiti friends. The cost of developing the photos pushes him to exploit the resources of an ordinary medium, the photocopy, pasted in the streets or even the metro. The economy of means, the colors reduced to black and white, contrasts with the flash and colors of the billboards which populate the urban and suburban spaces where the artist chose to place his work.

In 2004, JR made a name for himself by covering, without authorization, the walls of the Cité des Bosquets at Montfermeil with 20 large format posters representing young people from the neighborhood...

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JR a monumental artist

Public walls, private work ?

In the strict legal sense, the work of JR is unusual. Its medium is public structures; particularly riverbank walls and the facade of the Louis Philippe bridge. It spontaneously begs the question regarding how the artist was able to plaster such large posters on public structures unbeknownst to the authorities. The question could as well be formulated: how is it possible to appropriate a part of urban property, which by its essence belongs to everyone, to affix a work, property of one person, to it ? Alternatively, how will this work evolve with respect to copyright, notably the right to preserve the integrity of the work ?...



GIACOMETTI: AT THE MUSEUM, AT AUCTION AND BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT

Joyeuses Fêtes artistiques !

IMPRESSIONS DE FIN D'ANNEE

SPECIAL JAPON

LA PHOTOGRAPHIE EN LIGNE DE MIRE

DES EXPERIENCES VIRTUELLES MAIS DES VENTES BIEN REELLES

LUCIAN FREUD OU L'INCONSCIENT DE LA CHAIR

MATISSE/RODIN DEUX GENIES AUX MULTIPLES TALENTS

MONUMENTAL BOLTANSKI

JENNY HOLZER : LIGHT AND DARKNESS

GENTLY DISCOVERING ART BRUT

FROM RIO TO PARIS, JR'S PARTICIPATIVE ART