Thursday, July 17, 2014

Back on the Grid Again

Today, our attention has been attracted to the enduring subject of grids (that, amongst other things, formed the basis of one of the versions of the World Cup ’74 portraits series), via the back page of the July/August edition of 'Modern Painters', in the form of Catherine Lee’s ‘Being Here / Being There’ exhibition.  Good stuff.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #109 (Franz Beckenbauer: West Germany)

graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

This latest drawing in the Project features Franz Beckenbauer, one of the relatively few memorable names from the 1974 World Cup (transferring quickly to the school playground, aka ‘Baking Powder’), who, as a long-established international with a fine World Cup pedigree (having played in 6 matches at each of the 1966 & 1970 Finals, & scoring 4 goals during the former) & one of the stars of the West Germany squad, was represented in both the FKS & Panini sticker albums, & went on to captain the West Germans in all seven of their matches as they proceeded to win the tournament.

Within a few years, & with a changing focus of obsessive interest, from football to music, a certain likeness between ‘Der Kaiser’  & The StranglersHugh Cornwell would become apparent…

Monday, July 14, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #108 (Juan Masnik: Uruguay)

graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

Today’s randomly-chosen subject is Juan Masnik, who was represented in both the FKS & Panini ‘World Cup ‘74’ sticker albums, & selected for inclusion in the Uruguay squad for the tournament, during which he subsequently appeared in all three of his country’s matches, captaining the team against Holland then coming on as a substitute against Bulgaria (after 73 minutes) & Sweden (immediately following half-time).

Sunday, July 13, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #107 (Mana Mambwene: Zaire)

graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

Today featuring a representation of Mana Mambwene (alternatively Mambuene in the official FIFA records, or Mamuwene on Wikipedia), who, after inclusion in the FKS ‘Wonderful World of Soccer Stars World Cup 1974 sticker album, appeared in each of Zaire’s three matches/defeats in the tournament.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #106 (Christo Bonev: Bulgaria)

graphite & putty eraser/30x21cm

After a day’s lull, this most recent drawing in the Project has as its subject Christo (Hristo) Bonev, photo stickers representing  whom were featured in both the FKS & Panini albums published to commemorate the 1974 World Cup, & who was selected as a member of the Bulgaria squad for the Finals, at which he went on to captain his country in each of the three matches they played at the tournament, scoring the goal against Uruguay that, but for a late equalizer, almost gained the Bulgarians their first victory at a World Cup Finals (for which, & having first qualified back in 1962, they would eventually have to wait a further 20 years on from ’74 & a total of 17 matches). 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #105 (Edu: Brazil)

graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

Today’s subject is Edu, previously unknown to me until encountering the sticker representing the player in the FKS ‘Wonderful World of Soccer Stars World Cup 1974 collectors’ album, who was selected as a member of the Brazil squad for the Finals, during which he appeared once, in the concluding First Round group match, the 3 – 0 win against Zaire with which the Brazilians just pipped Scotland to a place in the second phase.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

We're Not in 1974 Anymore...

Darn it. So, there is to be no repeat(esque) in 2014 of the 1974 World Cup Final to tie in with the current drawing project (the current Germany, already qualified, being, to all intents & purposes, in terms of colours & history, the old West Germany of that time, & only Toni Kroos of the team/squad seems to have been born in the East, even: those, by birth, from further east again, in Poland, are better represented, in the form of Podolski & the record-setting Klose), but how close such an eventuality came, with only the familiar ‘lottery of penalties’ thwarting what was beginning to seem like the will of TOoT in arranging such a pleasing coincidence through the sheer force & designs of art. Perhaps it was instant karma, though, that Holland should lose the semi-final shoot-out after Tim Krul’s ugly, boorish antics helped them prevail at the same deciding stage of the game against Costa Rica in the previous round.

For all that the match might most kindly be described as attritional (not necessarily unexpectedly, given that Holland managed to score a total of 2 goals squeezed into 3 minutes of the 5 1/2 hours ‘football’ they played over the course of the 3 knockout rounds, & one of those a penalty indeed, & Argentina came into the semi after a pair of ground-out 1 – 0 wins in the eighth- & quarter-finals), it was a glorious aesthetic spectacle to admire in that both teams turned out, resplendently, in their traditional & classic first-choice kits, the orange-white-orange Dutch combo, & the sky blue & white stripes with black shorts of Argentina: nice, & something of a rarity in this tournament.

[image sourced from The Guardian]

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #104 (Benno Magnusson: Sweden)

graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

The latest subject to be featured is the previously unheard-of Benno Magnusson, who was represented in the FKS ‘Wonderful World of Soccer Stars World Cup 1974’ sticker album, & selected for the official Sweden squad for the Finals, during which he appeared twice, in the First Round group matches, as a 73rd minute substitute against Bulgaria & then from the start versus Uruguay, subsequently to be replaced after an hour.

Meanwhile, back in the room at the first semi-final of the 2014 World Cup, it's 5 - 0 to Germany against the hosts Brazil after half an what might be a most serendipitous coincidence in relation to the Project & current events, we're halfway to a repeat of the 1974 final.

(P.S. final score 7 - 1)

Monday, July 07, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #103 (Jupp Heynckes: West Germany)

graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

The subject of our drawing project today is a representation of Jupp Heynckes, a name one suspects only came to attention post the 1974 World Cup (whilst playing in European club football for Borussia Monchengladbach), during which the player appeared in West Germany’s opening two matches, against Chile & Australia, before retiring with injury at half –time in the latter, not to feature in the Finals again.
As an established international, stickers featuring Jupp/Josef Heynckes were included in both the FKS & Panini albums previewing the tournament, the former providing the original source material in this instance.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #102 (Joachim Streich: East Germany)

graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

Today’s randomly-chosen man-of-the-moment is a depiction of Joachim Streich, of the much-missed East Germany, who was represented in sticker form in both the FKS & Panini ‘World Cup 1974’ collectors’ albums that form the visual basis of this drawing project.

A memorable name from the televised coverage of the Finals, Streich played in four of the East Germans’ six matches during the tournament - missing the historic first-ever meeting with (& glorious 1 – 0 victory over) West Germany & the Second Round defeat to Holland - & scored twice, in their first & last fixtures, against Australia & Argentina.

An anecdotal reference to Streich’s club career can be found here, from earlier this year, amongst the football club badge collection.