The exhibition runs from 2 February to 20 July 2014
kehinde wiley in 'fÚtbol: the beautiful game' at los angeles county museum of art
2 February 2014
The exhibition 'Fútbol: The Beautiful Game', featuring Kehinde Wiley's portrait of Samuel Eto'o, examines football - nicknamed "the beautiful game" by one sports commentator -and its signficance in societies around the world. As a subject, football touches on issues of nationalism and identity, globalism and mass spectacle, as well as the common human experience shared by spectators from many cultures. Celebrating the sport on the eve of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the exhibition includes approximately thirty artists from around the world, working in video, photography, painting and sculpture. Two room-sized video installations -Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, by the artists Philippe Parreno and Douglas Gordon, and Volta by Stephen Dean - anchor the exhibition. Other works by artists including Miguel Calderon (whose 2004 video Mexico v. Brasil represents a 17-0 victory for Mexico), Robin Rhode, Kehinde Wiley, and Andy Warhol provide a sense of the miraculous possibilities of the sport as universal conversation piece.