The White Men of Jerome Mesnager

Jerome Mesnager is a French artist who made his name during the 80s with a spree of stencil art featuring a distinctive “white man” resembling an artist’s mannequin. Although most of his pieces were removed within weeks or days, his prolific output means that there are still many classic examples to be found on the streets of Paris and its eastern suburbs. The remaining pieces are mostly those which were commissioned by shop owners, such as on the window of a hair salon and outside the restaurant L’Émile (where the man is inexplicably wrestling a zebra). Elsewhere in…

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