JR

by Katherine Yaksich

This is JR, one of my favorite artists and winner of the TED Prize in 2011 for being an exceptional individual. It was such an honor to meet him. This poster is part of his global art project, Inside Out, and was pasted on Times Square shortly after.   Taking this portrait and pasting it on Times Square made me feel like a real New Yorker, as cheesy as that sounds, being part of something so big and leaving my mark. JR said to stand up for something that you believe in. When I moved to NY, I took a stand to pursue my dreams and my passions and to do something creative and meaningful with my life.     JR believes that art can change the world. For more info visit:   http://  www.insideoutproject.net/  en/about   (at Times Square)

This is JR, one of my favorite artists and winner of the TED Prize in 2011 for being an exceptional individual. It was such an honor to meet him. This poster is part of his global art project, Inside Out, and was pasted on Times Square shortly after. Taking this portrait and pasting it on Times Square made me feel like a real New Yorker, as cheesy as that sounds, being part of something so big and leaving my mark. JR said to stand up for something that you believe in. When I moved to NY, I took a stand to pursue my dreams and my passions and to do something creative and meaningful with my life. JR believes that art can change the world. For more info visit: http://www.insideoutproject.net/en/about (at Times Square)

by Katherine Yaksich

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I had the wonderful opportunity to watch and take photos of JR pasting his Lakota Portrait on the NYC Highline yesterday. I’ve been a huge fan of his work since I discovered him after he won the Ted Prize last year. One of the lines that stood out to me from his Ted talk is that “Art can change the world” and he’s definitely changing the world through his art. According to his website, he owns the biggest art gallery in the world and exhibits freely in the streets of the world. Check out http://jr-art.net, http://insideoutproject.net, and this 5 minute [video] about JR and his work. I also recommend watching his TED Prize talk from last year [here]. Marc, JR’s studio manager, was gracious enough to chat with me for a few minutes and allow me to take a few photos of him holding up the portrait. The portrait is up on the Upper Highline off 30 street until it gets weathered away.

by Katherine Yaksich

Beautiful, inspiring, engaging work @JR_artist @insideoutproj @highlinenyc (Taken with  instagram )

Beautiful, inspiring, engaging work @JR_artist @insideoutproj @highlinenyc (Taken with instagram)

by Katherine Yaksich

JR installing @insideoutproj at the @highlinenyc @JR_artist (Taken with  Instagram  at Upper Highline)

JR installing @insideoutproj at the @highlinenyc @JR_artist (Taken with Instagram at Upper Highline)

by Katherine Yaksich

http://www.ted.com JR, a French street artist, uses his camera to show the world its true face. He makes his audacious TED Prize wish: to use art to turn the world inside out. A funny, moving talk about art and who we are. Learn more at insideoutproject.net.

by Katherine Yaksich

JR 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.  Learn more at www.tedprize.org