Among the many curiosities that are available in the online shop of the FIFA World Cup is a selection of pieces reproducing iconic works of art. An edition of 2014 pieces per work where can be found selected creations from both established artists and emerging talent commissioned by FIFA.
1. Made in Brazil by Eduardo Recife
“Most Brazilians born with a passion for football, and this love can be seen everywhere.”
With a portfolio characterized by an ancient aesthetic and harmonious composition, Eduardo Recife is one of the emerging talents commissioned by FIFA for this World Cup edition. Despite having no formal training, this Brazilian illustrator and typographer has been made of his own style through experimentation and play with textures, fonts and layers of paint.
Source and images: © Eduardo Recife
2. Brazil by James Rosenquist
Beginning his career as a painter of commercial billboards in the early 50’s, this American artist is also one of the figures of American Pop Art of the 60’s. Brazil (2004) projected through dynamic compositions of overlapping images and the use of bright colors, stages of life and Brazilian culture in a single canvas.
Source and images: © James Rosenquis
3. Futbol no Hyde Park by Antonio Bandeira
The work of this renowned painter and pioneer of Brazilian abstractionism took place in this selection with Futbol no Hyde Park, a piece that represents a set of energetic lines and paint drops that show dynamism and represent a football game at the legendary stadium Hyde Park of London.
Source and images: © Antonio Bandiera
4. Pink Bow by Jeff Koons
The post-pop star, the American artist Jeff Koons is famous for inserting everyday objects in an artistic context without seeking meaning beyond the object itself. In this World Cup edition is present with Pink Bow, and is one of 16 oil paintings that make up the Celebration series, along with the famous pieces Balloon Dog and Balloon Flower.
Source and images: © Jeff Koons
5. Randerson Romualdo Cordeiro by Kehinde Wiley
This piece is taken from the series World Stage: Brazil, by American artist based in New York Kehinde Wiley. His painting style of realistic portraits of urban characters who are asked to pose as in a Renaissance painting, and then contrasting them with flowery backs and colorful textiles, creating an interesting fusion of old and new, and in this case, providing Brazilian personality.
Source and images: ©Kehinde Wiley
6. Blindside Run by Gabriel Orozco
One of the figures of Mexican art with more international presence today, is the Veracruz Gabriel Orozco, who presents his work Blindside Run, by the series “Atomists”, which studies the theory of atoms and makes clear his love of geometry in this series of images covered by ellipses and spheres of solid colors.
Source and images: © Gabriel Orozco en Artnet
7. Desmond by Jean-Michel Basquiat
“The radiant child” of pop culture in the ’80s, who was found dead in his apartment in Manhattan at 27 years, is present in the official selection with a portrait of his friend Desmomd Cadogan, a piece full of his trademark collage and wordplay.
Source and images: © Jean-Michel Basquiat
8. Polladium by Keith Haring
Contemporary and friend of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Harring developed his own graphic language universally recognizable and representing with bright and simple colors, universal concepts like life, death, sex and war.
Source and images: © Keith Harring
9. Bandeira Brasileira by Alfredo Volpi
Alfredo Volpi , the son of Italian immigrants arrived in Brazil very young, and it was there where he began his career as an artist presenting the reality of Brazil through geometric compositions, simple shapes and bright colors, positioning himself as one of the exponents of Brazilian modernism.
Source and images: © Alfredo Volpi
10. São Paulo by Fernand Léger
Considered one of the most important French artists of the first half of the 20th-Century, Fernand Léger with his cubist-influenced style has a place on this edition with his piece Sao Paulo, made of tapestry during his stay in Brazil in 1958.
Source and images: © Fernand Léger
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