Small Frames

Client: Jeffrey Deitch Gallery
Image: Artsy

JR (1983, Paris, France) exhibits freely in the streets of the world, catching the attention of people who are not typical museum visitors. In 2006, he created Portrait of a Generation, portraits of suburban “thugs” that he posted, in huge formats, in the bourgeois districts of Paris. In 2007, with Marco, he made Face 2 Face, the biggest illegal exhibition ever. JR posted huge portraits of Israelis and Palestinians face to face in eight Palestinian and Israeli cities. His recent projects include a collaboration with New York City Ballet, a feature documentary co-directed with Nouvelle Vague legend Agnès Varda, a huge installation on the Pantheon in Paris, the pasting of a container ship, the pyramid of the Louvre, a monumental mural “à la Diego Rivera” in the suburbs of Paris, giant scaffolding installations at the 2016 Rio Olympics, an exhibition on the abandoned hospital of Ellis Island or a gigantic installation at the US-Mexico border fence.


  • Linear motion control


  • Stainless steel


  • Sensing and computer control

“JR says that his mission “is always to raise questions, not bring answers.” The Armory project follows his lauded work at the U.S.-Mexico border last fall, the timely Kikito (2017), which saw a giant photographic sculpture of a Mexican toddler named Kikito playfully peering over the border wall from Tecate, Mexico, into the United States.”  by Artsy