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“Rife with social commentary, the work of Parisian street artist JR has captivated many and has earned him the distinction of this years Ted Prize.
Ted described the motivation behind selecting JR, ” [He] exhibits his photographs in the biggest art gallery on the planet. His work is presented freely in the streets of the world, catching the attention of people who are not museum visitors. His work mixes Art and Action; it talks about commitment, freedom, identity and limit.”
Almost blind to the the vulnerabilities of the poor and disadvantaged, JR’s work exposes the very real and personal connection people have within their communities. He has said the people are his curators and the streets his exhibition hall. An exhibit of his most recent work (below) opens tomorrow October 23rd at the Shanghai Art Museum for the biennial and Sunday 24 October 2010 at Magda Danysz Gallery in Shanghai.”

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