Friday, June 27, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #93 (Lothar Kurbjuweit: East Germany)

graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

This most recent drawing in the project has as its subject an image of Lothar Kurbjuweit, who was represented as a member of the East Germany squad(s) pictured in both the FKS & Panini ‘World Cup ‘74’ sticker albums, & chosen for his state’s official one for the Finals, where, after missing the first 2 fixtures, he played in the subsequent 4, the East Germans’ historic 1 – 0 ‘political derby’ victory over neighbours West Germany in the final First Round group game, & each of the Second Round matches.

Ghosts abound in this case, not just the bleached representation of the subject, from, as most immediate visual reference, the enlarged photocopy of the original sticker: Kurbjuweit’s (a fine one indeed) is not a name I can recall from the time, although it would have soon afterwards come to notice via the player’s presence in the Carl Zeiss Jena team that enjoyed a certain later-Seventies – early-Eighties European club competition profile, & of course the separate states of East & West Germany subsequently came to be consigned to the past, living on not least through the recorded evidence of their sports teams, as preserved.

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