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The first major and in-depth retrospective monograph on JR, the enigmatic and anonymous Parisian photographer/street artist/activist behind some of the world's most provocative large-scale public photography projects. Created in close collaboration with JR, this book includes all bodies of his work, his collaborations with other artists and institutions such as the New York The first major and in-depth retrospective monograph on JR, the enigmatic and anonymous Parisian photographer/street artist/activist behind some of the world's most provocative large-scale public photography projects. Created in close collaboration with JR, this book includes all bodies of his work, his collaborations with other artists and institutions such as the New York Ballet and previously unpublished behind-the-scenes documentation of his studios in Paris and New York, where he and his creative collaborators live and work. Introducing JR 's story is a specially commissioned graphic novel by comic artist Joseph Remnant, which charts his rise from graffiti roots and his decision to become a full-time artist. Features a survey essay by Nato Thompson, Chief Curator of Creative Time, New York.


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The first major and in-depth retrospective monograph on JR, the enigmatic and anonymous Parisian photographer/street artist/activist behind some of the world's most provocative large-scale public photography projects. Created in close collaboration with JR, this book includes all bodies of his work, his collaborations with other artists and institutions such as the New York The first major and in-depth retrospective monograph on JR, the enigmatic and anonymous Parisian photographer/street artist/activist behind some of the world's most provocative large-scale public photography projects. Created in close collaboration with JR, this book includes all bodies of his work, his collaborations with other artists and institutions such as the New York Ballet and previously unpublished behind-the-scenes documentation of his studios in Paris and New York, where he and his creative collaborators live and work. Introducing JR 's story is a specially commissioned graphic novel by comic artist Joseph Remnant, which charts his rise from graffiti roots and his decision to become a full-time artist. Features a survey essay by Nato Thompson, Chief Curator of Creative Time, New York.

30 review for JR: Can Art Change the World?

  1. 5 out of 5

    Isha

    This is an art book so the text is limited to background describing JR’s various projects and how they came to be and, where relevant, captions that provide context to the images (e.g., descriptions or quotes provided by the owners of photos used for his project Unframed). That said, if you are a fan of JR’s, it is fantastic. I’ve been following JR for years and was familiar with many of the projects highlighted but hadn’t seen all of the images in this book and didn’t quite understand how they This is an art book so the text is limited to background describing JR’s various projects and how they came to be and, where relevant, captions that provide context to the images (e.g., descriptions or quotes provided by the owners of photos used for his project Unframed). That said, if you are a fan of JR’s, it is fantastic. I’ve been following JR for years and was familiar with many of the projects highlighted but hadn’t seen all of the images in this book and didn’t quite understand how they all fit together. I also didn’t have an understanding of how JR’s work has developed over time - I actually didn’t even realize how long he’s been working or how old some of these projects were. This is a great introduction and overview of his work to date and I am excited to see where he goes from here!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Esther

    Art can change the way we perceive the world. Book design is impeccable with fore-edge black/white print photography of eyes. The scale of dots in the inner cover for us to grasp the scale of vector needed for the visuals to be seen large and from a specific distance. I keep looking and thinking of how the close-up eyes series when seen closely are essentially JR’s self portrait seen through the reflections of the subjects’ eyes’ reflections. “I see you as you are seeing me” reciprocal dialogue, Art can change the way we perceive the world. Book design is impeccable with fore-edge black/white print photography of eyes. The scale of dots in the inner cover for us to grasp the scale of vector needed for the visuals to be seen large and from a specific distance. I keep looking and thinking of how the close-up eyes series when seen closely are essentially JR’s self portrait seen through the reflections of the subjects’ eyes’ reflections. “I see you as you are seeing me” reciprocal dialogue, which is evident in the way he interacts and approach his subjects.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    I picked this up without knowing anything about JR (Joseph Remnant), although I had an answer to the question. Yes, I believe art can and does change the world. So does JR. This book, as well as the documentary Faces Places, shows the various and ambitious works of JR, former tagger in Paris. Worthwhile, inspiring essays introduce sections of photos.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    This book is mostly images and not for everyone... but the art is powerful and, yes, it can change how we as a people, a society, see our world.

  5. 4 out of 5

    hasenecik

    If u are one of those who adores art works that are socially unifying, have smt to say and give the msg clearly while not putting esthetical concerns aside; you are already late to buy this book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Duncan Reed

    Amazing book. The photos are great, but knowing the context behind them (the women are heroes, or the wrinkles of the city series) makes them so much more interesting :-)

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    Victoria Petelin

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