JR: Can Art Change the World?

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JR: Can Art Change the World?

JR: Can Art Change the World? By Nato Thompson & Joseph Remeant, Phaidon Books

With over 1,500 titles in print, Phaidon has long been the premier global producer of books focused on the creative arts. Headquartered in London and New York, the publisher collaborates with the world's most influential artists, chefs, writers and thinkers to produce innovative books on art, photography, design, architecture, fashion, food and travel.

The first major, in-depth retrospective monograph on JR, the enigmatic and anonymous Parisian photographer, artist and 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bodies of his work, his collaborations with other artists and institutions such as the New York Ballet and previously unpublished behind-the-scenes documentation of his studios in Paris and New York, where he and his creative collaborators live and work.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 phenomenal rise from his street artist roots.


JR first garnered international attention at age 27 when he won the TED Prize for his Inside Out Project, which has since drawn nearly 200,000 participants internationally. His in-your-face black-and-white close-up portraits — pasted on buildings and streets, trains, buildings and monuments — allow locals to have presence and show ownership of their surroundings.

"The art of protest... inspiring" —Metropolitan

"If Phaidon publishes a book about JR you can be sure it's a perfect book. Every page of this book shows the greatness of this artist, who continues to hide himself behind a pair of sunglasses and a hat, despite the reputation and fame he has gained." —Printed Paper

"The hippest street artist since Banksy." —The Guardian on JR

"Can artists change the world? I don't know. But if anyone is capable of doing so, then my money's on JR." —The Daily Telegraph

Format: Hardback
Size: 29 x 25 cm
Pages: 112 pp
Illustrations: 300 colour & 200 Black & White Illustrations
Author: Nato Thompson & Joseph Remeant, Phaidon