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Close Encounters, 2016

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Lot 22
Lithograph in colors on 270gsm BFK Rives white paper
38.0 x 28.5 in (96.5 x 72.4 cm)
Edition of 99
Signed and dated on recto; blind-stamped by the printer; accompanied by certificate of authenticity


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'Close Encounters' features one of street art duo Os Gêmeos’s signature yellow figures clad in vibrantly patterned clothing. Here, the slowly-sinking figure reaches out for a floating block with faces on each side; meanwhile, two miniature faces peek out from behind masklike holes in the figure’s breast pockets, invoking a palpable surrealist influence in the pair’s iconic style.

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Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo (Brazilian, b. 1974) are identical twin brothers known as "OSGEMEOS" ("Os Gêmeos" is Portuguese for "The Twins"). The brothers began painting graffiti in 1987, initially inspired by American hip-hop, as well as by traditional Brazilian culture. OSGEMEOS have painted all over the world, and have exhibited in such institutions as London’s Tate Modern.