exhibition

Lehmann Maupin

OSGEMEOS

Hosted by: Lehmann Maupin

Exhibition:

May 4, 2022 - June 18, 2022

First Floor, 1 Cromwell Place

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Exhibition Information

May 4, 2022 - June 18, 2022

First Floor, 1 Cromwell Place

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Lehmann Maupin

Press Release

A solo presentation of new paintings by the artistic duo regarded as pioneers of Brazilian public art.

An exhibition of new paintings by Brazilian artistic duo OSGEMEOS, marking the artists’ fifth solo presentation with the gallery.

Composed of twin brothers Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo, OSGEMEOS' work often features long-limbed yellow characters, vibrant colors, and elaborate patterns. This London show precedes a highly anticipated solo exhibition of the artists’ work opening this fall at Centro de arte contemporáneo de Málaga (CAC Málaga) in Spain.

OSGEMEOS (b. 1974, São Paulo, Brazil; live and work in São Paulo), translated as “the twins” in Portuguese, is a collaborative art duo comprised of twin brothers Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo. As children, the brothers developed a distinct way of playing and communicating through artistic language, but it was with the invasion of hip-hop, and the explosion of Brazilian culture during the 1980s that OSGEMEOS began to use art as a way of sharing their dynamic and magical universe with the public. Combining traditional, folkloric, and contemporary elements of Brazilian culture with graffiti, hip-hop, music, dreams and international youth culture, the artists have created an expansive body of work that includes murals, paintings, sculpture, site-specific installations, and video.

In addition to the use of bright colors and elaborate patterns, they are best known for their paintings that feature long-limbed yellow-skinned figures with thin outlines, enlarged faces, and simplified features. The yellow skin color indicates a universal figure, rather than a direct reference to a specific race or culture, which reflects the highly diverse population of Brazil and the world. The use of doors, canvas and mirrors, both literal—painting directly on discarded doors and incorporating reflective surfaces into their works—and as motifs, signal access to another realm or an entry point to the psyche, pulling viewers into their surreal and chimerical world.

Image: OSGEMOS, Prisma Dejavú, Déja Vu Prism (detail). Courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin. 

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About the Hosts

Lehmann Maupin

Lehmann Maupin

Since inception, Lehmann Maupin has been instrumental in introducing international artists in new geographies. This mission has resulted in historic first exhibitions in New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul. 

Lehmann Maupin London, located at Cromwell Place, functions as a dynamic multi-purpose space, offering an alternative to the traditional gallery model. Conceived in response to the shifting needs of its artists and the broader arts community, Lehmann Maupin London is foregoing a fixed exhibition program and instead engage in site-specific activations, installations, and performances.

This innovative model allows the gallery to develop focused presentations that highlight critical issues of the day, while also providing a platform for artists to think outside of the traditional presentation of a new body of work. In addition, the gallery hosts a regular series of public programs to keep audiences engaged in the current practices and concerns of its artists.


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