From Free Agency to Captivity: Football and Spectacle in Contemporary Art

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    Abstract

    In modern art, sport and athleticism was represented as an image of vitality, agency and aspiration. After WWII, artists increasingly developed bleak images of soccer, using motifs of media spectacle, surveillance, crowd violence and commercialisation to address significant social and political change in postmodern culture. Analysing the work of artists from Spain, UK, Australia and Jordan, this chapter argues that captivity and containment now dominate the metaphorical representations of soccer.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPicturing the Beautiful Game: A History of Soccer in Visual Culture and Art
    EditorsDaniel Haxall
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherBloomsbury
    Pages115-132
    Volume1
    Edition1
    ISBN (Print)9781501334580
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2018

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