Getting soccer fans into art? That’s the goal.

Getting soccer fans into art? That’s the goal.

Annie Lawrence, 8, was looking excited Sunday afternoon. She was about to see Tottenham Hotspur, the soccer team she supports, play its first game of the English Premier League season — but her exhilaration wasn’t entirely because of the impending game. Annie was standing in OOF, a gallery dedicated to art about soccer that opened last month in a building attached to the club’s stadium gift shop. Some of the works on display seemed to be making her as happy as a Tottenham win. OOF’s opening show, “Balls” (until Nov. 21), features 17 pieces of contemporary art made using soccer balls, or representing them. There’s one made out of concrete, and another in silicon that looks like it’s covered in nipples. Pointing at a huge bronze of a deflated ball by Marcus Harvey, Annie said, “I’d like that one in my bedroom.” The artist said in a phone interview that the work might evoke anything from Britain’s decline as an imperial power to
Annie Lawrence, 8, was looking excited Sunday afternoon. She was about to see Tottenham Hotspur, the soccer team she supports, play its first game of the English Premier League season — but her exhilaration wasn’t entirely because of the impending game. Annie was standing in OOF, a gallery dedicated to art about soccer that opened last month in a building attached to the club’s stadium gift shop. Some of the works on display seemed to be making her as happy as a Tottenham win. OOF’s opening show, “Balls” (until Nov. 21), features 17 pieces of contemporary art made using soccer balls, or representing them. There’s one made out of concrete, and another in silicon that looks like it’s covered in nipples. Pointing at a huge bronze of a deflated ball by Marcus Harvey, Annie said, “I’d like that one in my bedroom.” The artist said in a phone interview that the work might evoke anything from Britain’s decline as an imperial power to