JR Exhibition Opens on the Lower East Side Thursday

Image:  Galerie Perrotin.

Image: Galerie Perrotin.

The famed French street artist, JR, is back on the Lower East Side. On Thursday evening, he’ll debut his new full-scale exhibition at Galerie Perrotin, 130 Orchard St.

The show, which includes large-scale installations, is called Horizontal. There’s also going to be an intervention by JR on the facade of 130 Orchard St., the historic former home of Beckenstein Fabrics. The exhibition will be open until Aug. 17. Thursday’s opening celebration begins at 5 p.m.

JR is well-known for his enormous photographic portraits displayed (some times legally, sometimes not) in public spaces around the world. Last year, he put up an image of a child, rising about 70 feet, near the U.S. Mexican border.  This year he received an Oscar nomination for directing the documentary Faces Places with the esteemed filmmaker, Agnes Varda. In 2015, he took over an abandoned hospital on Ellis Island, showcasing photos of undocumented U.S. immigrants. A film based on that installation debuted at 130 Orchard St. (it was staged inside Daniel’s Leather, the longtime LES store that once occupied a retail space in the building).

This week, JR is making his presence known on Orchard St. Have a look:


Work in progress… show open on Thursday in New York City @galerieperrotin !

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JR Helps International Center of Photography Create Buzz For Summer Opening

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The International Center of Photography (ICP) has launched a campaign to build excitement for its new gallery space at 250 Bowery. The Lower East Side’s newest arts organization is collaborating with JR, the French artist, for an installation on the facade of an adjacent building.

It’s a three-story recreation of a Robert Capa photograph depicting a woman peering out her door. The photo was made during the blitz of London in World War II.

In a press release, Mark Lubell, ICP’s executive director, said: “We invited French artist and Lower East Side resident JR to select an image from our Collection to paste in his signature style.” Speaking about his choice of photos, JR added, it offered “the right alchemy between the image and the architecture and a tribute to Capa, the heart and soul of ICP.”

ICP purchased an 11,000 square foot space on the ground floor of a luxury condo building for $23.5 million. A summer opening is anticipated.

JR’s Film “Ellis” Showing at 130 Orchard St.

JR’s InsideOut Series Comes to Mulberry Street

Photos by Tim Schreier.

French artist JR was back on the streets yesterday, continuing his series of murals in tribute to the Lakota Tribe.  This new poster, part of his global “InsideOut” project,” is at the intersection of Prince and Mulberry streets.  We understand JR has some more Lower East Side projects coming up in the next several weeks, so keep your eyes peeled!  Thanks to Tim Schreier for sending along these great photos.

Tomorrow Night: See JR’s Film, “Women are Heroes,” and Talk with the Artist

The French street artist JR has (literally)  been making a big impression on the Lower East recently.  It’s hard to miss his mural on the East Houston wall and lots of other wheat-paste creations throughout the neighborhood — all part of “Inside Out,” his global participatory art program.  Sunday night, there’s an opportunity to see another JR project and to take part in a “Q & A” with the mysterious artist.

Essex Street Mural Part of Global, Participatory Project

You’ve probably noticed the new wheat-paste mural adorning the facade of 133 Essex Street, formerly the home of the rowdy (and defunct) bar, Mason Dixon. It’s the work of the semi-anonymous street artist JR, who’s the recipient of the prestigious 2011 TED Prize.

The image is part of Inside Out, JR’s ambitious international project meant to “transform messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work.” In the past few days, JR uploaded a trailer to YouTube explaining what Inside Out is all about:

Good Morning!

A new mural by artist JR graces the construction plywood at the former home of Mason Dixon bar on Essex Street. For more on JR, see www.jr-art.net

The holiday weekend in almost here, and the weather looks like more of the same for today and tomorrow: sunny skies with highs in the mid-80s. There are clouds and a chance of showers in Sunday’s forecast, but Independence Day will be bright and hot, with the mercury touching 90. Enjoy your weekend!