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Maverick French artist JR is a self-styled ‘photograffeur’, papering outsized posters into unauthorised public spaces in an echo of graffiti art. Motivated by reaching people who might not step into a gallery, he began his career with a camera he found on the Paris Metro, photographing residents of housing project Les Bosquets and pasting them across the city. Now a worldwide superstar, he continues to document people who might otherwise be overlooked, shining a light on them through large-scale social justice projects.

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In 2016, JR used paper to create a real-time illusion that made the Louvre’s famous pyramid disappear.

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Auction Record


Artcurial, 'Delivery in Monrovia, Liberia', 2020

Notable Collections

Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA

Notable Exhibitions

O papel da mão, Nara Roesler, São Paulo, BR, 2023

JR: Chronicles, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK, 2021

JR: Chronicles, The Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA, 2019

Le secret de la grande pyramide, Exposition Cour Napoléon du Louvre, Paris, FR, 2019

Chroniques de Clichy-Montfermeil, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR, 2017

Art In the Streets, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA, 2011

CA - Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, USA, 2010

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