JR: Can Art Change the World?JR, with a foreword by George Lucas, graphic novel by Joseph Remnant, and essays by Nato Thompson and Alice Rohrwacher

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An inspiration for those trying to create socially engaged art and make a difference in marginalized communities. – Smithsonian Magazine

The most comprehensive monograph on the enigmatic French artist – updated to include brand-new work

Filled with stunning photography, this extraordinary monograph charts a range of JR’s collaborative projects executed across the globe.

Created in close collaboration with the artist, it features chapters on each of JR’s major bodies of work – from Expo2Rue, using the street as his canvas to launch his career as an artist, to The Chronicles of Miami, which opened in November 2023. It also includes his collaborations with other artists and institutions such as the New York City Ballet, film director Agnès Varda, and Time magazine.

A foreword by Hollywood legend George Lucas, a specially commissioned graphic novel by comic artist Joseph Remnant, an updated survey essay by Nato Thompson, and a short piece by Italian film director Alice Rohrwacher all come together to tell JR’s fascinating story.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 245 × 210 mm (9 5/8 × 8 1/4 in)
  • Pages: 384 pp
  • Illustrations: 390 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9781838668570

JR is the enigmatic French artist behind some of the world’s most provocative large-scale public photography projects. His work appears around the world, including recently at the Palais Garnier in Paris.

Joseph Remnant is a Los Angeles-based artist/cartoonist whose comics and illustrations have appeared in Arthur magazine, Juxtapoz, and the New York Times.

Nato Thompson is an author and formerly Chief Curator for Creative Time in New York.

Alice Rohrwacher is an Italian filmmaker, and co-director of short film Omelia Contadina with JR.

George Lucas is a film director, producer and screenwriter, and founder of Lucasfilm.

Praise for JR: Can Art Change the World? (2015)

'An inspiration for those trying to create socially engaged art and make a difference in marginalized communities.' – Smithsonian Magazine

'[An] imposing monograph ... Sure to be a popular feature on this year's Christmas lists.' – TIME

'Can artists change the world? I don't know. But if anyone is capable of doing so, then my money's on JR.' – The Daily Telegraph

'Inspiring.' – Metropolitan