Parisian Street Artist JR takes Ted Prize10.22.10   |   Posted in: Art & Design   |   By: Toshi Jones
Tags: Jr, Paris, Photography, Street Art, Ted Prize
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. On top of the cash prize of $100,000 US, he’ll be supported by the Ted community in fulfilling “One Wish to Change the World,” to be announced in the coming months.
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.
We are thrilled to see JR recognized on the worlds stage and anxiously await the anouncement of his TED wish.