JR Grows Up: How a French Graffiti Artist Wheat-Pasted Himself Into the Heart of the Art World

Added on by Emily Carey Gogolak.

On a weekday evening earlier this month, as the sun set over the Williamsburg bridge, passengers on the JMZ may have noticed an addition to one of the Brooklyn buildings that wasn’t there on their morning commute. Throughout the day, the French graffiti artist JR and his crew had pasted a giant black and white snapshot of an eyeball on the side of a seven-story building near the East River.

That morning, at 10 a.m., the artist and a handful of 20-somethings had met in a lot under the bridge, toting with them huge stacks of paper, piles of brushes and buckets filled with a sticky white wheat paste, the glue advertisers and street artists use to affix images to walls.

Near a tall crane there stood a wiry young man with a trim black beard and sunglasses, dressed completely in black. He was fidgety and seemed anxious. “This is gonna be big,” he said.

Read more at The New York Observer