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Time Out London’s art critic scores with new football magazine Oof

Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Rose Wylie talk football in the launch issue

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Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Rose Wylie talk football in the launch issue of Oof Magazine, out now Oof Magazine

Oof. That’s the wonderfully onomatopoeic title of a new biannual magazine produced by Eddy Frankel, Time Out London’s art critic, that focuses on art and football as life-affirming, quintessentially communal experiences. Frankel writes in the introduction that “the artists in [the launch issue] peel back the layers of meaning in this obsessive sport, and help us to make sense of something bigger and more ungraspable in the process”. Leo Fitzmaurice, Petra Cortright and Chris Ofili are among the artists outlining their passion for the beautiful game. But 1-0 to Frankel for an illuminating interview with the uber-curator Hans-Ulrich Obrist and the octogenarian artist Rose Wylie, who describes her work Yellow Strip (2006), featuring five famous footballers. “I thought Wayne Rooney had an interesting shape because his legs are not paradigm football legs,” Wylie says. “And also Ronaldinho. He twitched a lot, and his ponytail twitched, and his hands twitched.” Back of the net.

• Oof magazine is available now on oofmagazine.com and in select bookstores from 26 February

Appeared in The Art Newspaper, 299 March 2018