Emmanuel Perrotin Does a Double Header: JR and Murakami Tag Team Paris
December 21, 2011

Emmanuel loves his JR show, because thousands of people flock to it every day in Paris. He also has a mega Murakami show in the second gallery. I went on a Sunday for a very private viewing… when it was closed, of course.

Emmanuel loves his JR show, because thousands of people flock to it every day in Paris. He also has a mega Murakami show in the second gallery. I went on a Sunday for a very private viewing… when it was closed, of course.

JR’s like a street artist doing graffiti-style projects in rural poor areas, but he uses large photo images pasted on unexpected surfaces.

JR’s like a street artist doing graffiti-style projects in rural poor areas, but he uses large photo images pasted on unexpected surfaces.

This one’s in Shanghai, it’s cool, what does it mean?

This one’s in Shanghai, it’s cool, what does it mean?

This is his “art”, photos stuck on distressed wood.

This is his “art”, photos stuck on distressed wood.

A JR photo montage

A JR photo montage

I think this is a Favela in Sao Paolo.

I think this is a Favela in Sao Paolo.

Here’s JR’s famous one, now available for sale as an editioned photo.

Here’s JR’s famous one, now available for sale as an editioned photo.

JR’s art

JR’s art

Here’s the front of Emmanuel’s gallery, with a big JR picture on it, it’s really nice. They had a “Massive Attack” concert here too, <i>tres cool</i>!

Here’s the front of Emmanuel’s gallery, with a big JR picture on it, it’s really nice. They had a “Massive Attack” concert here too, tres cool!

Now the main event… Emmanuel is also showing an important new series by Takashi Murakami, a series of paintings inspired by Yves Klein, see the blue sponges, that’s a real Klein worth $15M!!

Now the main event… Emmanuel is also showing an important new series by Takashi Murakami, a series of paintings inspired by Yves Klein, see the blue sponges, that’s a real Klein worth $15M!!

And a pink one!!

And a pink one!!

A gold Yves Klein sponge painting. $$$$$ oh baby! I love you!

A gold Yves Klein sponge painting. $$$$$ oh baby! I love you!

So, Murakami does Yves Klein blue in his skulls and smiley flowers, kinda nice!

So, Murakami does Yves Klein blue in his skulls and smiley flowers, kinda nice!

Here’s the Murakami gold one, will it ever be worth as much as a Klein?

Here’s the Murakami gold one, will it ever be worth as much as a Klein?

Blue blue blue… it pops too.

Blue blue blue… it pops too.

The Red one

The Red one

Salut Takashi et JR, merci Emmanuel, tres tres fort!