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Artsy Goes Inside JR's New York Studio

05/08/2013 02:12 pm ET | Updated Jul 08, 2013

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JR's art is omnipresent. Whether on the façade of a building, the back of a truck, or, currently, the streets of Times Square, the world is quite literally his gallery. But where is he? While we can't disclose the location, we can give you a behind-the-scenes pass of his New York City studio--an artists' commune à la Warhol Factory, where artist friends can sleep if they pay their fare in books. On a rare tour, JR offers insights on a space beautifully overrun by art.

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"This was the first piece in the studio actually. When we got here, there was only one printer in the middle of the place, if you can believe it, so I asked Oliver Jeffers, who's a painter, to make a map. He made it especially for the Inside Out project. Read more"

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"An artist named Tsubasa built this because we needed extra rooms. There's never enough space, so he took all the wood from some piece that I messed up, as well as doors and stuff, and he made that treehouse. Read more"

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"There's artwork everywhere--inside every room; even in the bathroom. It's just everywhere!"

Check out the studio's art collection (including works by Swoon, Prune Nourry, André, and Os Gêmeos) and book library, JR's tucked-away personal office (featuring an epic gift from a graphic novel icon), and more in "In the Studio with JR" on Artsy.

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--Artsy Editorial

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