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  • Futbol: The Beautiful Game
  • Futbol: The Beautiful Game

Fútbol: The Beautiful Game

January 29, 2014
Ana Bambic Kostov is an art historian with passion for contemporary art.

Coming this February, an exhibition dedicated to one of the favorite sports around the globe will be presented by LACMA, the Los Angeles County Museum – Fútbol: The Beautiful Game will be exploring the aesthetics of football or soccer. It will present around 50 artworks created by almost 30 artists on the subject, rendering important social and global issues through their images such as identity, globalism, phenomenon of mass spectacle. The works also address the magic of the common game experience, shared by people from a wide range of cultures. Exhibition was conceived with regard to the upcoming World Cup 2014 that is to be held in Brazil this summer. Visitors will be able to enjoy in futbol artwork in the form of painting, sculpture, photography, video and installation. The exhibition will open on February 2, and run throughout the spring ending on July 20, 2014.

Futbol: The Beautiful Game
Stephen Dean – Volta

Even though football is most popular in Europe, the Futbol: The Beautiful Game will be hosted by an American museum. Still, it should be noted that Los Angeles is the home of two Major League soccer teams, and the center of soccer popularization in the US.

Futbol: The Beautiful Game
Chris Beas – The Kid’s Alright

Futbol: The Beautiful Game

Fútbol: The Beautiful Game exhibition will revolve around two large video installations. One of the is the work of Philippe Parreno and Dougleas Gordon, and it’s titled Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait. As the title says, it is an intimate portrait of Zinedine Zidane, one of the biggest stars of the sport in its history. The other video installation will be Stephen Dean’s Volta, played with samba melodies, emphasizing the craze and the organization of the masses at a futbol game.

Futbol: The Beautiful Game
Andy Warhol – Pele

Artwork presented will include pieces by Robin Rhode, Petra Cortright, Mark Bradford, Mary Ellen Carroll, Hassan Hajjaj, Andreas Gursky, but also by the pop art god, Andy Warhol, and by the contemporary portraitist superstar, Kehinde Wiley. This impressive group is assembled from all around the globe, thus mirroring the reach of The Beautiful Game. The Rules of the Game by Gustavo Artigas investigates how different communities approach to different sports, while Miguel Calderon’s video Mexico vs. Brasil is packed with drama and suspense. Chris Beas expresses his view of football through traditional painting medium, rendering the canvas and the contrasts in a  reduced, but still classical way. And creative named Generic Art Solutions will present slightly ironic, overly dramatized situations drawn from the game.

Futbol: The Beautiful Game

Generic Art Solutions – Pieta

A new series of prints with Futbol: The Beautiful Game imagery will be released and available for purchase during the show.  Authors of prints are Carolyn Castano, Nery Gabriel Lemus, Ana Serrano, Dewey Tafoya, Ami Motevelli and Mario Ybarra, Jr.The whole exhibition will pay an homage to this year’s World Cup, by reflecting colors of the Brazilian flag throughout the setup, and a dense public event program is to follow this exhibition.

Futbol: The Beautiful Game
Kehinde Wiley – Samuel Eto’o

Kehinde Wiley

One of the artists represented at the Futbol: The Beautiful Game will be Kehinde Wiley, a New York based artist who originally comes from LA. He became known to public for his stunningly realistic, but imaginative portraits of urban, black and brown men found throughout the world. At first, Kehinde Wiley used to paint off of photographs of young men taken on the streets of Harlem, but then he set out on a worldwide journey, painting portraits of ethnic residents of Mumbai, Senegal, Dakar, Rio de Janeiro and many other places, as he produced his enormous oeuvre named The World Stage. Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of Samuel Eto’o will be presented at the show, the work originally commissioned by Puma.

Futbol: The Beautiful Game
Kehinde Wiley – Unity