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Fantastic Twins
Deutsche Bank sponsors Os Gêmeos show at the ICA in Boston

“Graffiti art in the Rococo phase” is what New York Times critic Roberta Smith called the works of Os Gêmeos (The twins). This August, the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston, presents the work of the Brazilian brothers Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo in their first U.S. solo museum show, sponsored by Deutsche Bank. Like Banksy and Shepard Fairey, these so-called street artists have made the leap into established museums. They have been working on their fantastic, imagistic world since 1987, which bounces high against low and speaks both to the art world and the average member of the public. Os Gêmeos’s visual vocabulary is exuberant and irresistible: dreams and everyday impressions inspire its colorful murals, populated with yellow figures, or huge installations of heads that are furnished like rooms. In these surreal paintings and installations, Os Gêmeos absorb everything from New York’s urban chaotic energy to folk art, bright colors, patterns, and Brazilian mythology. The brothers photograph people in their surroundings and then immortalize them in their works: kids and artists from São Paulo’s graffiti scene, musicians, carnivals, and processions.

Os Gêmeos’s murals can be seen in Berlin and Heerlen, Netherlands, as well as on the facade of the Tate Modern, London. In New York, the pair realized a large-scale mural in 2010 on the corner of Bowery and Houston Streets—a prominent location where Keith Haring’s colorful figures danced in 1982. The Brazilians’ tableau quotes various influences, including Hieronymus Bosch, M. C. Escher, and the tags of Dash Snow, an enfant terrible of the New York art world who had died shortly before and to whom the work is dedicated.
Now, at the ICA, Os Gêmeos’s work can be experienced in all its variety: paintings, sculptures, a gigantic accessible “car head,” and a mural with an interactive sound installation involving 65 painted speakers that communicate to the visitor. And the twins will also be busy in the space of city, too: in the fall, while the exhibition is on view, they will work on a large mural in the streets of Boston.

Os Gêmeos
August 1–November 25, 2012
ICA Boston

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