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February 27 2014

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February 14 2014

08:03

Viva Fútbol

Philippe Parreno
Douglas Gordon
Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, 2006
© Philippe Parreno and Douglas Gordon

Football, or soccer as they like to call it, is on the up in America. Many European stars are heading there for a last hurrah, such as David Beckham, who has just announced plans to start a Major League Soccer franchise (or team, as we like to call them) in Miami. But it’s his old stomping ground of Los Angeles that can lay claim to being the stronghold of North American soccer. It’s the only U.S. city to boast two MLS teams – Becks’ old club Galaxy and CD Chivas, a subsidiary of Mexican side Guadalajara – and it’s the venue for the exhibition Fútbol: The Beautiful Game being held at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

The game can be divided into two spheres of interest – what happens on the pitch, and what happens off it – and the show is anchored around two such distinct video installations. Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait is a peerless study of the equally incomparable Frenchman by Philippe Parreno and Douglas Gordon, who track the balletic player exclusively for a whole match and is set to a majestic Mogwai soundtrack. Stephen Dean’s Volta, in contrast, turns the camera on the fans, with a samba soundtrack accompanying the ritualized frenzy in the stands of various stadia. Nearly 30 artists have contributed around 50 works in a variety of media to the exhibition, which is available to enjoy until 20 July.

@LACMA

Fútbol: The Beautiful Game at LACMA — Los Angeles

Installation view
Fútbol: The Beautiful Game
February 2 – July 20, 2014
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Photo © 2014 Museum Associates/LACMA

Fútbol: The Beautiful Game at LACMA — Los Angeles

Andy Warhol
Pele, 1978
Silkscreen
40 x 40 in
University of Maryland Art Gallery,
College Park, MD
© Andy Warhol Foundation/
Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Fútbol: The Beautiful Game at LACMA — Los Angeles

Lyle Ashton Harris
Verona #2, 2001-2004
Silver gelatin print
16 x 20 in
The Robert E. Holmes Collection
© Lyle Ashton Harris

Fútbol: The Beautiful Game at LACMA — Los Angeles

Kehinde Wiley
Samuel Eto’o, 2010
Oil on canvas
72 x 60 in
Roberts & Tilton Gallery
© Kehinde Wiley
Image courtesy of the artist,
and Roberst & Tilton,
Culver City, California

Fútbol: The Beautiful Game at LACMA — Los Angeles

Installation view
Fútbol: The Beautiful Game
February 2 – July 20, 2014
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Photo © 2014 Museum Associates/LACMA

Fútbol: The Beautiful Game at LACMA — Los Angeles

Generic Art Solutions
Pieta, 2008
Photograph
36 x 36 in
Courtesy of Jonathan Ferrara Gallery,
New Orleans
© Generic Art Solutions

Fútbol: The Beautiful Game at LACMA — Los Angeles

Installation view
Fútbol: The Beautiful Game
February 2 – July 20, 2014
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Photo © 2014 Museum Associates/LACMA

Fútbol: The Beautiful Game at LACMA — Los Angeles

Installation view
Fútbol: The Beautiful Game
February 2 – July 20, 2014
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Photo © 2014 Museum Associates/LACMA

Fútbol: The Beautiful Game at LACMA — Los Angeles

Installation view
Fútbol: The Beautiful Game
February 2 – July 20, 2014
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Photo © 2014 Museum Associates/LACMA

Fútbol: The Beautiful Game at LACMA — Los Angeles

Installation view
Fútbol: The Beautiful Game
February 2 – July 20, 2014
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Photo © 2014 Museum Associates/LACMA

Fútbol: The Beautiful Game at LACMA — Los Angeles

Miguel Calderón
Mexico vs Brasil, 2004
Video transferred to DVD
90:00 min
Duration: 1hrs 30 minutes
Courtesy of the artist and kurimanzutto, Mexico City
© Miguel Calderón

The post Viva Fútbol appeared first on We Heart; Lifestyle & Design Magazine.

February 13 2014

08:03

Sochi Uncovered

The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics are finally underway after months of controversy-fuelled build-up; these games are probably the most politically turbulent since the Cold War summer Olympics boycotts of 1980 and ’84. Destined to be remembered as the Rainbow Games thanks to a backlash from the civilized world against the Russian establishment’s appalling anti-gay stance, Sochi 2014 has attracted unprecedented media attention. Not much of it has had anything to do with sport, and even less attention has been given to the venue itself.

Sochi won the competition to host the games in 2007. That same year, Dutch duo Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen set out on a mission of “slow journalism”, making frequent trips to the resort, getting to know the people and their way of life, and documenting the changes that come with winning the Olympic bid. The most you’ll see about Sochi on mainstream TV is a quick once-over package, some scenery shots and a few quirky facts and figures, but The Sochi Project – and accompanying publication, An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus (Aperture, 2013) – by Hornstra (photography) and van Bruggen (texts) is something altogether different. They have been there from the beginning, way before the camera crews flew in a couple of weeks ago, and as a result have pieced together what may be the definitive companion piece to the main event. It’s certainly an eye-opener.

Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen — The Sochi Project

© Rob Hornstra / Flatland Gallery

Adler, Sochi region, 2011

The railway line from Sochi to Sukhum in Abkhazia hugs the coast. Behind it rise the hotel-style sanatoriums of Adler. Ordinary hotel rooms are marginally cheaper, which is immediately apparent on Adler’s seafront. The beach is full of overweight bodies sweating beer and spirits, bare torsos, noisy eaters surrounded by drunken bluster and tacky music. The locals have little choice but to put up with the visitors.

Well-heeled Russians take refuge in Sochi’s fancier hotels or opt for Italy, Turkey or Thailand. The Games may bring a level of quality that will discourage cheap tourism, but more likely the city will just become more expensive, chaotic and crowded.

Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen — The Sochi Project

To begin with, without the Winter Olympics, few people outside Russia would have heard of Sochi. The Sochi Project dubs the resort on the Black Sea coast “the Florida of Russia, but cheaper” and for cheaper, you might substitute a few less complimentary adjectives. As van Bruggen puts it, “Never before have the Olympic Games been held in a region that contrasts more strongly with the glamour of the Games than Sochi”. It’s fair to say it was a very unusual choice of venue. The climate is subtropical, for a start. Crammed full of sweaty sunbathers in the height of summer, it’s a ghost town in winter, and along with people, something else you won’t find a lot of is snow – not until you head into the mountains anyway. Just getting there is an ordeal; by land it’s a 37-hour journey south from Moscow through the back of beyond, and on arrival, it might be tempting to brave the return leg sooner rather than later. Sochi is 20 kilometres from the war-zone of Abkhazia, a breakaway Georgian territory. The blinged-up properties of the Russian Riviera elite stand in uneasy contrast to neighbouring Soviet sanatoria.

This is also the most expensive winter games by an Olympic mile – estimates put the total cost in excess of US$50 billion. The troubled regions on the other side of the Caucasus mountains may not see much meaningful investment, but Sochi is getting a whole new lease of life. Hornstra and van Bruggen have chronicled the economic developments brought by the Winter Olympics, and explore the cost of this investment, not least from the point of view of civil liberties amid brutal crackdowns from the state in the run-up to the games, fearful of political unrest being televised around the world.

The Sochi Project website, www.thesochiproject.org, contains a number of photojournalism articles, as well as a shop stocking special edition books, posters and photographs focusing on various aspects of the long-running investigation. You can also donate to the project, which is a crowd-funded venture.

@TheSochiProject

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Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen — The Sochi Project

© Rob Hornstra / Flatland Gallery

Sanatorium, Matsesta, Sochi region, 2009

Matsesta, a village just inland from Sochi, is renowned for its sulphur baths, its name means ‘fire water’. There is a treatment for every ailment and busloads of visitors arrive each day to improve their health. Outside the sanatorium an entire industry has developed of old ladies selling honey, herbal teas and birch-bark scenes.

Young Dima had burned his legs at his parents’ barbecue party and his doctor prescribed a visit to Matsesta. The treatment involved sitting with his burned legs under running sulphurous water for six minutes, three times a day. His nurse said that any longer and the remedial effects of the water would be worse than the complaint.

Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen — The Sochi Project
Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen — The Sochi Project

© Rob Hornstra / Flatland Gallery

Rosa Khutor, Sochi Region, Russia, 2013

Rosa Khutor is an alpine ski resort in the Krasnaya Polyana valley, 25 miles from Sochi. Its main investor is Vladimir Potanin, an oligarch who has put $2.2bn into the development. Modern, eclectic, and flashy, it is a small embassy of planet Moscow in the Caucasus, President Putin’s dream of a new Russia has become reality.

Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen — The Sochi Project
Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen — The Sochi Project

© Rob Hornstra / Flatland Gallery

Gimry, Dagestan, 2012

The road to Gimry‚ a centuries old center of the anti-Russian resistance‚ winds through stunning scenery. We stop to photograph the village from the other side of the valley. Then two cars pull up and men in leather jackets get out. We are under arrest. ‘Can’t we go to Gimry?’ I ask the leather jackets. ‘Of course not,’ one of them replies curtly.

Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen — The Sochi Project
Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen — The Sochi Project

All images: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus
(Aperture, 2013). ISBN 978-1-59711-244-4
© Rob Hornstra / Flatland Gallery
Captions courtesy, Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen

The post Sochi Uncovered appeared first on We Heart; Lifestyle & Design Magazine.

February 12 2014

13:00
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February 11 2014

01:30

Illustrations of football players by Daniel Nyari

Illustrations of football players by Daniel Nyari

Romanian illustrator and graphic designer Daniel Nyari has come up with a series of amazing illustrations titled ‘Match of the Day’. The series include players like Theo Walcott of Arsenal, Gareth Bale of Real Madrid (was Tottenham Hotspur), Neymar of FC Barcelona, and Robin van Persie of Manchester United.

Daniel Nyari currently lives and works in New York and enjoys Football, Avant-Garde Cinema, Heavy Metal, and Nutella. He draws his influences from post-impressionism, De Stijl, and Web Design. Check out his website to see the rest of his work.

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The post Illustrations of football players by Daniel Nyari appeared first on Lost At E Minor: For creative people.

February 10 2014

13:00

Ranking The Architecture Of The 2014 Winter Olympics

More skating palaces!

Thousands of the best athletes in the world have descended on Sochi, Russia, for the 2014 Winter Olympics, ready to duke it out for international acclaim and a one-pound metal disk. In the run-up to the actual sports, though, no one really wanted to talk about the folks who might be taking the podium. Nope, the main focus was on how effing expensive these Olympics have been.

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February 07 2014

19:02

February 06 2014

14:42

February 05 2014

13:24

Sochi Winter Olympics commence inside Populous-designed stadium

The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games get underway this Friday with an opening ceremony inside a Fabergé egg-inspired stadium by sports architecture firm Populous. (more...)

January 31 2014

17:52
17:45

This Rock Climbing Gym Resembles A Big Rock

Why would your climbing gym look like anything else?

In the rural mountains near Polur, Iran, a tiny village at the base of the region's highest peak, Mount Damavand, a new mountain is emerging. Inspired by how tectonic forces move the Earth's crust, Tehran-based New Wave Architecture is building a rock climbing gym that in itself resembles a huge boulder.

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January 28 2014

08:34

Bowled Over

Nicole Miller

When the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks go to war on 2 February at Super Bowl XLVIII (that’s 48 for you non-Romans), there will be fireworks. One of the closest match-ups in years pits the season’s best defense against the best offense, and with freezing temperatures predicted at the New Jersey stadium, anything could happen. The only thing we can say with certainty is that none of the players will be wearing helmets quite as extraordinary as this lot – although we’d pay good dollar to see a Bronco or Seahawk in Nicole Miller’s flowery little number.

The outlandish headgear is the result of a collaboration between the NFL, New York department store Bloomingdale’s and 48 members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). Each member has designed a helmet for a special auction in aid of the NFL Foundation, a non-profit which does all sorts of great youth and community work. The auction is now open and runs until 4 February, and you can bid on all the lots, including the hardcore helmet of Richard Chai, the cuddlier Loomstate lid, or the homage to New York from Bloomingdale’s themselves, through the NFL auction site. Bidding starts at $248, but expect to have to put your hand much deeper in your pockets to score one of these unique items.

@Bloomingdales
@NFL
@CFDA

Bloomingdale's Super Bowl XLVIII Fashion Helmets

Helmut Lang

Bloomingdale's Super Bowl XLVIII Fashion Helmets

Cynthia Vincent for Twelfth Street

Bloomingdale's Super Bowl XLVIII Fashion Helmets

Loomstate

Bloomingdale's Super Bowl XLVIII Fashion Helmets

Public School

Bloomingdale's Super Bowl XLVIII Fashion Helmets

Rebecca Taylor

Bloomingdale's Super Bowl XLVIII Fashion Helmets

Richard Chai

Bloomingdale's Super Bowl XLVIII Fashion Helmets

Rogan

Bloomingdale's Super Bowl XLVIII Fashion Helmets

Betsey Johnson

Bloomingdale's Super Bowl XLVIII Fashion Helmets

Pam & Gela

The post Bowled Over appeared first on We Heart; Lifestyle & Design Magazine.

January 27 2014

09:38
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