An Artist Team Signs Up for the World Cup

Next month the 2010 FIFA World Cup, soccer's premier international tournament, will be played across ten stadiums in South Africa — and also across limited-edition posters by 17 contemporary artists.

Published by official FIFA licenser BrandsUnited and available from David Krut Publishing in New York, the series features contributions by an international roster of artists from established figures like William Kentridge and Romero Britto to emerging talents like Cameron Platter and Kendell Geers. Together, they offer a cacophony of visual voices to commemorate the first World Cup to be held on the African continent.

Among the more eye-grabbing posters areJulie Mehretus Stadia II, which captures the frenetic energy of a well-placed goal and the crowd’s ensuing frenzy, and a watercolor portrait of a soccer player by Marlene Dumas, a native of Cape Town, where the semifinal will be played on July 6.

Click the photo gallery at left to see all of the special World Cup posters.