Art World Cup 2014: Groups A to D

  • 12 June 2014

The world's greatest artists past and present go head to head for the chance to lift the Art World Cup – and you choose who wins. Cast your vote for the chance to win an iPad!

This week, artists representing the 16 countries in groups A to D clash to decide who'll make it through to the knockout stages. Can Turner triumph for England? Head to the bottom of the page to choose your favourite from each group, and be entered into a prize draw to win an Apple iPad mini!

Group A

Frida Kahlo, the highly regarded Mexican painter who attracted a cult following after her tragic death, is the stand-out artist of the first group, but the fight for the second spot is wide open. The Brazilian conceptual artist and political activist Cildo Meireles vies with Croatia's 'lumino kinetic' sculptor Aleksandar Srnec and Bili Bidjocka of Cameroon, whose epic project L'écriture Infinie interrogates the act of writing.

Group B

Two of the art world's heavyweights square up as the Netherlands' Rembrandt van Rijn takes on Spain's Pablo Picasso. Can Sidney Nolan, the antipodean artist who starred in the Royal Academy's Australia show last year, make it through to the knockout stages? Or will Juan Francisco González, one of the four Great Chilean Masters, cause an upset?

Group C

Visionary Ivorian artist Frederic Bruly Bouabre, whose work was exhibited at Tate Modern in 2010, and Alejandro Obregón​, one of Colombia's 'Big Five' artists, are the underdogs competing to make it through group C. Renaissance master El Greco and 19th-century printmaker Hokusai, representing Greece and Japan respectively, stand between the lesser-known artists and a place in the elimination rounds.

Group D

All eyes are on JMW Turner, as the Romantic painter carries England's hopes of progressing to the next stage. Italy's Michelangelo, master of the Sistine Chapel, looks likely to progress, but the Western artists will need to fight off competition from two significant artists from the Americas: Francisco Amighetti, who painted scenes of life in his native Costa Rica; and the founder of Constructive Universalism, Joaquín Torres García, whose likeness adorns Uruguay's five peso banknote.

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Images:

Group A:

Detail from Cildo Meireles, Mission/Missions (How to Build Cathedrals), 1987
Detail from Bili Bidjocka, Enigma#4 (of disappearance), 2009
Detail from Aleksandar Srnec, KA-17, 1956
Detail from Frida Kahlo, Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, 1940

Group B:

Detail from Sidney Nolan, Ned Kelly, 1946 (view in pop-up window). Painting, enamel paint on composition board National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Gift of Sunday Reed, 1977
Detail from Juan Francisco González, Calle de Limache, c. 1900
Detail from Rembrandt van Rijn, Self-Portrait with Beret and Turned-Up Collar, 1659
Detail from Pablo Picasso, Girl Before a Mirror, 1932

Group C:

Detail from Alejandro Obregon, Agua cálida, 1962
Detail from Frederic Bruly Bouabre, Costumes, 2010
Detail from El Greco, The Disrobing of Christ, 1577–1579
Detail from Hokusai, The Great Wave, c. 1831

Group D:

Detail from Francisco Amighetti, Pulpería La Flor, 1930
Detail from JMW Turner, Norham Castle, Sunrise, c. 1845
Detail from Michelangelo, The Creation of Adam, 1512
Detail from Joaquin Torres-Garcia, Abstract Art in Five Tones and complementaries, 1943

 

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