Exhibitions: "Wrinkles of the City" at Galerie Henrik Springmann, "Belle de Mai / Unframed" at Friche La Belle de Mai, "Wrinkles of the City, Havana" at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, "JR" at Cincinatti Contemporary Arts Center, and "JR: Actions" at Lazarides Rathbone
Though French artist JR has been working on his Inside Out project for the past two years, the world got an epic look at the project's progress and highlights in the spring of 2013. After the TriBeCa Film Festival's premiere of Alastair Siddons' Inside Out film (which documents JR's project), Times Square Arts commissioned the French artist to fill the screen and grounds of Times Square with his black and white images. JR also showed Inside Out at Unseen Photo Fair in Amsterdam, Netherlands this year.
2013 also saw JR take on cities internationally like Cartagena, Spain, Shanghai, China, L.A., and Havana, photographing and flyposting large-scale portraits of the city's senior citizens on building walls throughout the area. In April, "Wrinkles of the City," an exhibition showcasing the work he had done in Berlin opened at Berlin's Galerie Henrik Springmann. In May, New York's Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery opened "Wrinkles of the City, Havana, Cuba," which as its name suggests, featured the work he and fellow artist José Parlá did in Havana.
JR also had a solo museum exhibition open at the Watari Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo and a retrospective titled "JR" open at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati. It will be open until February 2, 2014 and features over a decade of the his groundbreaking works. A two-part solo exhibition "ACTIONS," featuring many of his global works and the Inside Out photobooth truck, opened at Lazarides Rathbone in October.
The artist will be uniting with Woodkid for the New York Ballet in January, and there is also a JR x Pharrell collaboration in the works. Judging by the two artists' friendship and this Instagram photo, it'll only be a matter of time before we see the final product.