Blockbuster JR show will travel to London’s Saatchi Gallery from Brooklyn Museum

JR's 28 Millimetres, Women Are Heroes, Action in Jaipur, Holi Fest, India (2009) ©JR-ART.NET

A show of works by JR, the French-born artist who made his name with large-scale public installations, will open at the Saatchi Gallery in London later this year (13 November-9 February 2021). The mid-career survey, JR Chronicles, is an expanded version of an exhibition shown at the Brooklyn Museum in New York last year.

The show features murals, photographs, videos, films and dioramas, spanning nearly two decades of work, encompassing images and videos of the artists earliest interventions as a photographer and graffiti artist on the streets of Paris. These early works include Portrait of a Generation (2004–6) featuring portraits of young people from Les Bosquets, a housing project in the Parisian suburb of Montfermeil.

Jessie Jon (2009) © JR-ART.NET

Among the earlier works profiled in the show are videos and photographs of the Face 2 Face (2007) project, in which the artist photographed men and women on either side of the Israeli-Palestinian divide in Jerusalem. Pasting the images together in a large-scale format, JR sought to demonstrate how two communities are indistinguishable on the surface.

Recent projects explored in the show will include The Secret of the Great Pyramid (2019), JRs large-scale illusory collaborative piece created to mark the 30th anniversary of the Louvre Pyramid, and Tehachapi (2019) which documents the artists experiences with inmates of a maximum-security prison in California. The show also features The Gun Chronicles: A Story of America (2018), a video mural charting JRs encounters with gun collectors and law enforcement officials in St Louis, Dallas and Washington DC.

The exhibition is sponsored by Art Explora, a non-profit organisation Read More – Source

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