February 20, 2014

Game Time: 50 Artworks Explore Soccer

It’s like Charles and Ray Eames. Brazil and soccer, they just go together. (The country has won five FIFA World Cups, more than any other.) And that will be even more so when 2014’s World Cup opens at the Itaquerão, São Paulo’s controversial new stadium by Coutinho, Diegues & Cordeiro Architects. In a sort of pregame celebration, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is presenting “Fútbol: The Beautiful Game” now through July 20. It features 50 works by 32 international artists—Andy Warhol, Kehinde Wiley, and Robin Rhode among them—who explore issues of national identity, globalism, and mass spectacle via paintings, photographs, and room-size video installations. One of the latter is even set to samba music.

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