The Frenchman, who became an artist after chancing upon a camera on a metro train, started taking and gluing together images on the same streets where he created them. JR (like the initials of his name, but also in reference to the famous villain of Dallas) is an artist who brings his black and white images into the urban fabric with the aim of speaking about identity and inequality.
During the 2016 Rio Olympics his installations, works made from huge scaffolding structures that supported images of “minor” athletes, left their mark on the city. Today, however, these same images and the preparatory works, studies and prototypes that led to their creation are part of an exhibition at the updated Lazinc gallery in Mayfair, London. The exhibition GIANTS – Body of Work in fact marks the gallery’s reopening and will serve as a further boost to this artist who begun his career with those first images on the metro, but who is by now a big name in the international art world.
JR // 12 January – 28 February 2018 // GIANTS – Body