Basco Getting Up on City Streets

Juxtapoz // Monday, November 10, 2008
Watch Chilean artist Basco work his magic getting his uncomplicated albeit unique imagery up on city streets. Since a young boy, Basco has been creating some of the finest street and fine art in South America. “I paint on the street, at least ones a week I go out and paint. It doesn’t matter if I’m sad or broke; I just go out and paint and I have been doing this for ten years now, never knowing why I feel this necessity to go out and paint,” Basco writes on his blog. “Art doesn’t have much to do with common people, people like me. And I say this because every time I go to a museum or gallery, I feel out of place and my friends feel the same. The whole art system is out of touch with reality,” he continues. “That’s why I paint on the streets. I can get lost in isolation and at the same time I can relate to those that belong to where I belong.” See what we’re talking about in the video above and then grab his recent book, Dónde Esta mi Corazón, which is chock-full of photos, collages, drawings and murals, with guest appearances from Herbert Baglione, Agotok, Os Gemeos, Paloma, Nunca, Vitche and more. Learn more on Basco at www.basco-vazko.blogspot.com

Basco Vazko: "Largo dia Jueves" / "Donde Esta Mi Coraz

Juxtapoz // Friday, July 11, 2008
Largo dia Jueves, new work by Chilean artist Basco Vazko, will open at FIFTY24SF Gallery on Thursday, August 7th alongside Linear Abandon, a group show featuring Jesse Reno, Keith Shore, and Marco Zamora. Vazko's unique style has captured the attention of art enthusiasts around the world since he started adorning public spaces with some of the finest and most unique graffiti, street and fine art in South America since the tender age of 14. Today, the artist lives and works in Santiago, Chile and visits the US about once a year. Expounding upon his wealth of creativity, Basco Vazko has just released a new book Donde Esta Mi Corazón? highlighting many well-known and emerging South American artists. The 96-page hardcover book is a collection of collages, drawings and murals featuring a few of Basco Vazko's favorite artists including Vitche, Os Gemeos, Herbert Baglione and many others.  Donde Esta Mi Corazón? will be available for sale at the opening reception and Basco Vazko will be signing copies. Online orders can be made at upperplaygroundstore.com

Os Gemeos' "Too Far Too Close"

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 02, 2008
The powerhouse Brazilian twins known as Os Gemeos recently opened their most recent show at New York’s Deitch Projects, bringing a splash of color and massive installation pieces to the Big Apple. Too Far Too Close remains on view thru August 9th, showcasing a surreal city landscape reminiscent of their hometown, São Paulo. The good people of The World’s Best Ever passed along some great photos of the twins’ work. Check out more here.

"Donde Esta Mi Coraz

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Chilean-born street and fine artist Basco just released a new book titled Donde Esta Mi Corazón? The 96-page hardcover book is a collection of collages, drawings, and murals with guest appearances from legendary artists Herbert Baglione, Agotok, Os Gemeos, Paloma, Nunca, Vitche, and others. In Donde Esta Mi Corazón? Basco captures the heart of the most up–and–coming, relevant artists living in South America today. Considering some of the hottest emerging artists hail from South America, we’d say this book is a must-buy. Watch the video below featuring artwork included in Donde Esta Mi Corazón? and grab your copy at upperplaygroundstore.com    

Os Gemeos are "Far Too Close"

Juxtapoz // Friday, June 20, 2008
Our favorite Brazilian twins, Os Gemeos, will exhibit new works in an exhibit at Deitch Projects called Far Too Close. Opening Saturday, June 28th, Far Too Close will transform the gallery into a fantastical cityscape with house, doors, and passageways, all brought to life in their signature style of imagery. Building upon a group of artworks created for the Museum Het Domein in the Netherlands, this show features new paintings, sculpture, and installation, bringing all magical moments of their work together in one tightly knit dream world. More info on Far Too Close at www.deitch.com

Tate Modern Street Art

Juxtapoz // Friday, May 30, 2008
Check out this movie of French photographer JR, represented by Lazarides Gallery, pasting up his massive black and white photo of a man pointing a camcorder towards onlookers as part of London’s Tate Modern Street Art exhibit. The highly anticipated show opened last weekend, featuring work from legendary artists: Blu, Faile, JR, Nunca, Os Gemeos, and Sixeart in the first commission to use the building’s iconic river façade, and the first major public museum display of street art in London. The Tate Modern also has an accompanying Street Art Walking Tour, an urban tour of site-specific art from a group of five Madrid-based street artists: 3TTMan, Spok, Nano 4814, El Tono and Nuria. The Street Art exhibit will remain on view at Tate Modern thru August 25th. Take a look at some photos of JR’s sick installation on the side of the museum here…

Street Art Exhibition and Walking Tour at Tate Modern

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Street art is really getting its due love this weekend, as the Tate Modern Museum in London is currently setting up the Street Art Walking Tour for the Street Art exhibition, opening May 23rd. In the first commission to use the building's iconic river façade, and the first major public museum display of street art in London, Tate Modern will show the work of six internationally acclaimed artists whose work is intricately linked to the urban environment: Blu from Italy; the artist collective Faile from New York; JR from Paris; Nunca and Os Gemeos, both from Sao Paulo, Brazil and Sixeart from Spain. Accompanying the museum display is the Street Art Walking Tour, an urban tour of site-specific art from a group of five Madrid-based street artists: 3TTMan, Spok, Nano 4814, El Tono and Nuria. In conjunction with this massive event, El Tono created this limited edition print with Tate Modern. All of the participating artists are virtual legends in their own respects, and we can’t wait to see what they have to offer London! Learn more at www.tate.org.uk.

Os Gemeos Paint Kelburn Castle

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, January 22, 2008
We've been fans of the twin brother Brazilian street art team Os Gemeos for some time, but this footage of the pair painting a castle in Gasgow, Scotland blew us away!

Clark Magazine's Artist Series

Juxtapoz // Monday, December 17, 2007
Via ekosystem's forums and Gabriel Clark Magazine has a new special edition series, with each issue curated by a single artist, the first being Tilt from Toulouse. He invited Os Gemeos, Der, Tober, Tank, Yone (a photographer from Japan),

Herbert Baglione @New Image Art

Juxtapoz // Friday, July 13, 2007
New Image Art in Los Angeles is proud to present Sao Paulo-based, Brazilian artist Herbert Baglione in his new exhibition titled The Wall. Baglione has been recognized for over ten years as part of Brazil's street artist movement along with Os Gemeos, Speto and Vitche whom have all had a large influence on street art here in the United States. Baglione's strong, distinctive style and complex themes visible in his illustrations, paintings, and street endeavors have earned international acclaim in the design and art world alike. For his solo show, titled "The Wall", at New Image Art, Baglione will test the audience to ponder the walls inside contemporary society and to think about their own internal walls that may lead to stagnation in life. "The Wall" is a continuation of Herbert's vision of his highly successful solo show "Vossia" at Fifty24SF Gallery in San Francisco in 2006. This show centered on Herbert's vision of man's consciousness, power and chaos. Herbert was a featured artist in "The Run Up", a film by Upper Playground and exhibited at Fifty24SF, Galerie de Pury & Luxembourg, Zurich, Q! Gallery in Glasgow, and the Von Der Heydt Museum in Wuppertal, Germany among others. More information about tonight's opening reception is on the gallery's website, www.newimageartgallery.com. Brooklyn-based artist Judith Supine will be showing in the Project Room. {moscomment}

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