Decatur, Georgia | Rare is the time when we can write from our own town about cultural happenings related to football. But the World Cup arts program has seeped into even this sweltering corner of the all-encompassing FIFA universe.
The Vinson Gallery on 8 June inaugurated a showing of the 14 official art posters commissioned for the finals. Except for the efforts of Hisashi Tenmyouya (Japan) and Owusu-Ankomah (Ghana), we found the results somewhat forced—perhaps a problem when artists respond to a commission rather than directly from inspiration. We were most surprised by the new creation (below) from local artist Ruth Franklin, who is English. Gallery owner Shawn Vinson, shirted in England replica colors, said he had suggested on a stop by Franklin’s studio that she add a football to her composition. Such is the birthing of the football arts, at least in a Southern state.
The new Ruth Franklin creation, unexpected but welcome.