The global obsession with that other football—the one that culminates in the World Cup in June in Brazil—has inspired a museum’s worth of art. Fútbol: The Beautiful Game, running now through July 20 at LACMA, assembles sculptures, paintings, photographs, and additional works from about 30 artists, including this Chris Beas rendering of U.K. all-time great George Best. Among the featured artists is L.A.-born Kehinde Wiley, whose magisterial portraits honor Africa’s star players. Not able to bend it like Beckham? Don’t worry. The only footwork the exhibition requires is walking.
Photograph by Chris Beas, 2013/Courtesy the Artist and Martha Otero Gallery