JR, Self-Portrait in a Woman’s Eye, Kenya, 2009.
Courtesy the artist and me Collectors Room, Berlin.
“What interests me is bringing art to improbable places, to create communities through projects that are so big that they force people to ask questions.” - JR
JR in Park Slope, Brooklyn, as part of his TED-funded global art campaign. Lucky you if you come across the work in person.
See more pieces shot by Jaime Rojo at Brooklyn Street Art.
(c) JR and Jaime Rojo. Image via Brooklyn Street Art.
OsGemeos fans/collectors should be thrilled to see this lovely large canvas go to auction at Phillips de Pury this month. First exhibited and sold at Os Gêmeos: Souhei Que Tinha Souhado at Parra & Romero, Madrid in February - March, 2008, it will again be available at Phillips de Pury’s Contemporary Art Day Sale in London on February 18.
Lot 258, OsGemeos, Untitled (O Pai, O Mae, o filho, a empregada, a filha de empregada, o cachorro, o ouelhinha o gato e o passarinho), 2008, spray paint, acrylic, beads and incision on board, 200 × 200 cm (78 3/4 × 78 3/4 in). est. £30,000-40,000.
I also think the pieces by Guyton/Walker, Jules de Balincourt, Raymond Pettibon, Andy Warhol, JR, Jeppe Hein (second one here), Bernd & Hilla Becher and Philip-Lorca Decorcia in the sale are quite strong - click the respective links for more details.
Image via Phillips de Pury.
This lovely large JR on wood performed well in today’s Urban Art Auction at Bonhams on New Bond St, London.
Image: Lot 20, JR, Street Kid, Favela Morro da Providencia, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, 2008, signed and stamped to a label verso, paper on wood panel, 179 x 76cm (70 1/2 x 29 15/16in). est. £15,000-20,000, SOLD for £31,200 inclusive of Buyer’s Premium
Click here to see more works from the sale, which included Shepard Fairey, Zeus, Roa, Remi/Rough, Faile, Banksy and more.
Image via Bonhams.
ARTINFO has a short interview with JR on their site that is worth checking out. Here is an extract related to his recent series, The Wrinkles of the City, which he presented at 18 Gallery, Galerie Magda Danysz’s Shanghai outpost, this past October.
AI: You recently returned from China. Was it harder than usual to produce your art there?
JR: China is a very ambivalent country. Not to forget the human rights problem discussed in the European media, but the feeling that prevails there is that nothing is really impossible, especially sticking up a few posters that aren’t political or advertising. My work in China is part of a new project called “The Wrinkles of the City.” It’s a project based on making portraits of older people who hold the memory of a city that I chose. Alongside the portraits, I collect stories from these people, who have seen great changes to their city. These portraits are then put up in the city on surfaces that inspire me and also represent the city’s memory and history. Shanghai has an extremely rich history in the 20th century.
Read the rest of the interview here.
JR, The Wrinkles of The City, Shi Li, 2010, B&W print on basic paper pasted on corrugated sheet mat varnish, ed of 1, 190 x 300cm.
Image via Galerie Magda Danysz.
Lot 2: Sebastiao Salgado, Three Communion Girls, Brazil, 1981, gelatin silver print, printed later, 29.5 x 44.1 cm, est. $5,000-$6,000.
Lot 3: Sebastiao Salgado, The Outskirts of Guatemala City, Guatemala, 1978, gelatin silver print, printed later, 29.2 x 43.5 cm, est. $4,000-$5,000.
Lot 4: Sebastiao Salgado, Women going to the market in Chimbote, Ecuador, 1998, gelatin silver print, printed later, 29.2 x 43.5 cm, est. $4,000-$5,000.
Lot 5: Sebastiao Salgado, Mexico (Man with Violin), 1984, gelatin silver print, printed later, 29.2 x 43.5 cm, est. $3,000-$5,000.
You may remember that the auction house had several Salgados in their AFRICA sale back on May 15. The strongest, in my opinion, was Lot 161: School in the Lake Victoria Region, Kenya from Africa, which sold for $4,000.
All images courtesy Phillips de Pury.
PS If you’ve been following Unframed, JR’s project in Vevey, you may have noticed that one of the images he appropriated from the collection of the Musée de l’Elysée was Lot 3. The large-scale rendering and recontexualization of this photograph makes it all the more powerful.
As you’ll hear in this video, JR is currently at work on an interesting urban project in the town of Vevey, just outside Lausanne. Entitled Unframed, the event, which was co-produced by the Musée de l’Elysée and the Festival Images, sees JR appropriate photographs from the collections of the museum, including Robert Capa, Man Ray, Gilles Caron, Helen Levitt, Mario Giacomelli, Lucia Moholy, John Phillips and Sebastião Salgado.
I’ve loved JR’s work for so long, but I actually only finally met him quite recently. I’m not sure why I was surprised to find that he’s just as wonderful as his work is.
If you’re a collector, a fan and can afford his work, I recommend you buy it up now while you still can. He’s going to be important.
PS JR also finally visited Fame Fest! You can see the adventures he got up to with Angelo here.