JR, ‘Action in Shanghai, Jiang Qizeng - Red Flag, China’, 2012, Julien's Auctions

In 2012, Lazarides released Wrinkles of The City, a screenprint of an original wheatpaste which JR placed in Shanghai as part of an international outdoor exhibition focusing on the elderly. His delicate portraits of men and women cleverly titled Wrinkles were seen worldwide, after the artist graced the facades of the city with its occupants’ oldest members. Their faces are spanned across buildings like street maps to the city’s history. When JR participated in the Shanghai Biennale in 2010, this image was censored. It was printed without the Chinese flag, unbeknownst to JR, and then exposed as such at the Shanghai Museum of Fine Arts. JR only discovered this on the day of the opening. JR has installed commissions and exhibited his work around the world, including shows at the Venice Biennale; the Musee de Louvre, Paris; Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong; and the Contemporary Art Museum, Dallas, among many more. —Courtesy of Julien’s Auctions

Signature: Signed by JR on the right side corner (stamp and lead).

Image rights: Courtesy of Julien's Auctions


About JR

A semi-anonymous street artist of international renown, JR plasters giant, monochrome photographs of faces in urban centers—on rooftops and walls, in church windows, and along the sides of buses. Calling the street his gallery and “using art to turn the world inside out,” JR delivers a message of social action, telling the stories of the marginalized or voiceless. “Portrait d’une Generation” (2004-06) featured images of young African immigrants hamming for the camera, plastered in the Paris suburbs in the aftermath of major rioting; for his project “Face 2 Face” (2005-07), JR pasted huge images of similarly jovial Jews and Palestinians along the border marking disputed areas between Israel and Palestine. JR describes his practice as a continuation of the “tagging” he did as a young graffiti artist: “I’m tagging faces of persons,” he says. “They are the ones responsible for their image. When the people react to the project, it becomes their project.”

French, b. 1983