Oof (stylised as OOF) is an art and football magazine, and an associated art gallery. The magazine launched in 2018 and is published twice a year. The gallery opened in 2021, and is located at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The magazine and gallery both showcase football-related visual art.
Issue one of Oof magazine was published in February 2018 by Time Out London art critic Eddy Frankel and gallerists Jennie and Justin Hammond. Frankel says that he had tried to keep his passions for art and football separate, until he realised that there were more people in the art world with an interest in football than he had expected. The first issue included an interview with Rose Wylie and features on Chris Ofili and Leo Fitzmaurice. The magazine is published biannually, and aims to use art to explore some of the meaning behind football.
Oof has collaborated with other organisations in the world of art and design. In 2019, Oof organised a five-a-side football tournament between teams from arts organisations including Lisson Gallery, Christie's and Tate. In 2021, Oof partnered with Umbro to produce limited edition artist-designed football shirts with Juno Calypso and Rhys Coren.
In the years after the magazine's launch, Oof organised exhibitions of football-related art at venues around London. In 2021 Frankel and Jennie and Justin Hammond opened a permanent exhibition space. Oof Gallery is located in Warmington House, a building entered via the Tottenham Hotspur club shop at the team's London stadium. Tottenham Hotspur have no curatorial say in the gallery's activities.
The gallery aims to be accessible to all. Creative Review described the gallery as "an unpretentious entry point into contemporary art, a world all-too-often shrouded in exclusivity."
The gallery's inaugural exhibition was called Balls and featured works by a range of artists, including new pieces from young artists as well as older work from some of the Young British Artists. Apollo described the art in the exhibition as "terrific", while The New York Times quoted one visitor describing what he saw as a "load of rubbish".
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