Os Gêmeos - Contemporary Art & Design Evening Sale New York Thursday, March 6, 2014 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Deitch Projects, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, Deitch Projects, Os Gêmeos: Too Far Too Close, June 28 – August 9, 2008

  • Literature

    Os Gêmeos, exh. cat, The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Berkeley: Gingko Press, 2012, pp. 60, 69 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    “We have lots of ideas and things to say, and we’re gradually discovering diferent ways to express them.” - Os Gemeos

    Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo, better known as Os Gemeos, (“twins” in Portuguese,) are an influential and compelling duo in the art world. Dynamic and energetic, Os Gemeos’ art is a visual expression of their deep personal connection to each other and encompasses images from their dreams and their urban home in São Paulo. Unlike New York where spray paint, the common medium of urban and street artists, is easily acquired, in Brazil spray paint proved to be costly and lacking in the quality necessary to produce Os Gemeos’ desired colorful and visual effects. “I remember the first time we saw the book Spraycan Art – it was in ’87, ’88, I think. A guy made a photocopy of the book – the whole book photocopied in black and white – and of Subway Art, too, and he wrote down the colors.” (Os Gemeos interviews with Jeffrey Deitch and Ket, “Os Gemeois Talk About How They Became Artists,” Art in the Streets, exh. cat, New York: Rizzoli, Los Angeles: The Museum of Contemporary Art, 2011.) In pursuit of an alternative medium, Os Gemeos instead decided to create their works by utilizing house paint and rollers. Drawing from the vibrant patterns and colors of Brazil, their figures are inspired by a variety of characters: musicians, children, bandits, families, graffiti taggers, typically depicted in unique outfits and dazzling environments. In the present lot, a youth in blue jeans, an intricately pattered red hoodie and green sneakers is standing pigeon-toed with his left hand behind his back clenching a spray paint can, his trigger finger ready to dispense the paint. His right hand in the foreground, he shows the viewer his middle finger. By imposing the figure upon a mirror, Os Gemeos includes the viewer is an immediate participant in the bright, lively and fantastical fun of the scene.

  • Artist Biography

    Os Gêmeos

    Brazilian • 1974

    Born Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo, Os Gêmeos ('The Twins') are graffiti artists from São Paulo whose style is influenced by both Brazilian tradition and hip hop culture. Their work often features yellow-skinned figures but is otherwise diverse, ranging from interpretations of Brazilian folklore to social and political commentary. With the advent of American hip hop culture in Brazil in the late 1980s, the identical twins became interested in breakdancing. This led them to begin emulating New York graffiti art they had seen in photos before starting to consciously incorporate elements of Brazilian culture into their art and develop their own style. Their creative output graces walls across the world, from Scotland to Los Angeles, and also includes sculptures and installations.

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Plexiglas, mirror, wood, spray paint
81 1/2 x 37 1/4 x 6 in. (207 x 94.6 x 15.2 cm.)

$100,000 - 150,000 

Sold for $149,000

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Contemporary Art & Design Evening Sale

New York Evening Sale 6 March 2014 7pm