Football is the quintessential communal experience. Across the world – in stadiums, bars and living rooms – countless milions of people experience collective emotion through the teams they support. As one, they feel the ecstatic joy of a goal scored, or the crushing pain of a brutal defeat. It’s a mass experience, communal emotion on a huge scale. Every day, football does with ease what art constantly tries to do: it makes people feel.
And because it plays such an important part in the everyday life of so many people, it has been a recurring topic in fine art for centuries. From Flemish landscapes filled with children kicking around animal bladders to multi-screen contemporary video installations, football acts as a symbol: a metaphor for national obsession, passion, physicality, belief, and any number of human emotions and experiences.
But it’s not a one-way relationship: art’s job is to deconstruct the world, to help us figure out what everything means, to offer new perspectives. The artists featured in OOF peel back the layers of meaning in this obsessive sport, and help us make sense of something bigger and more ungraspable in the process. OOF hopefully goes a little way towards laying all of that bare. Football and art have been intertwined for centuries, we’re just going to try to unravel that a little bit.
In this issue:
Slapped on the front of issue four is An Unnecessary and Excessive Display of Celebration by Juno Calypso. There’s more of her new football-inspired series inside, where art historian Ben Street tells us how the whole history of pink in art is written into the fleshy fabric of Juno’s work. Eddy Frankel searches for the truth in the myth surrounding Arsenal’s 1992 North Bank Mural, while Mark Wallinger shares stories about the role of football in his life and work. Elsewhere, Rosemary Waugh checks out Rene Magritte’s La Représentation and questions the validity of VAR’s hyper-truthful version of events.
Mundial, Issue 21
Mundial is a quarterly world football/lifestyle publication. It talks about all the bits of football that you still like. Travel, clothes, haircuts, big, old stadiums and everything else that isn’t a heat-map or pass…..165 SEK
Sports - Travel
Glory, Issue 6 – Qatar
Glory is a new football magazine with an ethos to put the ‘beautiful’ back in the beautiful game. We travel the world documenting alternative football cultures including the most remote, exotic and unusual destinations. Glory are a team of designers, writers and photographers with a shared passion for football. We wanted to explore football beyond the […]179 SEK
Culture & Lifestyle - Photography - Sports
Athleta Magazine, Issue 6
Athleta is a photographic magazine. It tells stories of timeless sports, careless of the day’s sporting events. Through images, it narrates about of people and places. Dilapidated gyms, drenched in fatigue, dirt roads or Nordic landscapes. Everywhere sports are spontaneous. Exotic perhaps, unknown to many, but real and sweaty, faithful to the values of competition […]225 SEK
Illustration - Photography - Sports
Victory Journal, Issue 17 – Outliers
Victory Journal is the new refuge of the true sportsman. Unmoved by statistical analysis and provincial opinions, Victory is concerned with the eternal glories and ignominies of players…..195 SEK