Art & Architecture


    Edited by
  • Larry Warsh

A collection of compelling quotations from JR—the renowned French photographer, street artist, and activist


Oct 22, 2024
4.25 x 5.25 in.
2 b/w illus.
Art & Architecture
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JR is perhaps best known for taking portraits of regular people, reproducing the images at a monumental scale, and pasting them on the sides of buildings in the subjects’ neighborhoods. Among his many other notable projects are a gigantic photo of a child peering over the top of the barrier at the US-Mexico border and an enormous mural of inmates that covers the ground of an outdoor exercise yard at a California prison. Collected from interviews, writings, and other sources, JR-isms is an inspiring and thought-provoking collection of quotations from the exciting artist and activist, whose work reaches far beyond the traditional art world, from the streets of New York to the suburbs of Paris and the favelas of Brazil.

“I was writing my names on walls to say ‘I exist,’ then I started pasting pictures of people with their names to say they exist.”

“Art is not supposed to change the world. It can offer a new perspective, a new look, break down the walls we build between us, and humanize the ‘other.’ ”

“I always make sure in my art that I even confront my own perspective.”

“You know what they say, that the criminal always goes back to the crime scene? It works the same for the artist. When you do something in the street, you come back to see how people approach it. No one knows it’s you, but you’re right there.”

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