Eadweard Muybridge "Animal Locomotion"

Laurence Miller Gallery

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The gallery presents a selection of original collotypes by Eadweard Muybridge that are among the most significant precursors to contemporary motion pictures. As both detailed scientific study and whimsical artistic expression, popular with 20th century artists and horse lovers as well, these animal and human motion studies appear as fresh today as when first published in Philadelphia in 1887. No wonder artists as diverse as Sol Lewitt, Edgar Degas, and Francis Bacon have been enthralled by this groundbreaking work.

Among the animals featured in this exhibition will be a vulture, a camel, a horse and rider, a cat, a donkey, and a mastiff. Among the humans recorded will be boxers, fencers, a contortionist, a woman spilling water, a hand in motion, a naked man performing ballet.

All in all, the show is a reminder of why so many people remain enthralled by Muybridge’s studies and continue to be inspired and influenced by him. Major holdings of these collotypes are in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., The George Eastman House in Rochester, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, which is featuring a major retrospective of Muybridge through the summer.

[Image: Eadweard Muybridge "Animal Locomotion, Plate 738 (Bactrian camel racking.)" (1887) collotype print 20 x 24 in.]



from July 08, 2010 to August 19, 2010

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