Art and Sports?! Curator Franklin Sirmans brings them together in The World’s Game exhibition at the Perez Art Museum, Miami. Immersive installations, paintings, sculptural objects, photographs and videos by forty artists reveal how the universal language of this transnational game can define beauty, make social statements, create a sense of community and express a shared passion. Timed to coincide with the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, the exhibition celebrates soccer as the portal to a world of contemporary art.

Sound Editor: Anamnesis Audio | Special audio: Stephen Dean, Volta and Perez Art Museum, Miami | Photographs courtesy Perez Art Museum

Exhibition Artists
Alexandre Arrechea, Gustavo Artigas, Bhakti Baxter, Lyndon Barrois Jr., Chris Beas, Miguel Calderón, Mary Ellen Carroll, Nicola Costantino, Stephen Dean, Gabriele Di Matteo, Darío Escobar, Kendell Geers, Generic Art Solutions, Gaspar González, Roberto Guerrero, Adler Guerrier, Lyle Ashton Harris, Quisqueya Henríquez, Satch Hoyt, George Afedzi Hughes, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Espoir Kennedy, Dr. Lakra (Jerónimo López Ramírez), Maria Lassnig, Jaime Lauriano, Nelson Leirner, Antoni Miralda, Priscilla Monge, Vik Muniz, Antoni Muntadas, Paulo Nazareth, Paul Pfeiffer, Ronny Quevedo, Robin Rhode, Jamilah Sabur, Taryn Simon, Melanie Smith and Rafael Ortega, Hank Willis Thomas, Gastón Ugalde, Sinuhé Vega Negrin, Igor Vidor, Andy Warhol, Wendy White, and Kehinde Wiley.

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