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Helios : Eadweard Muybridge in a time of change

Author: Philip BrookmanEadweard MuybridgeMarta BraunCorcoran Gallery of Art.Tate Britain (Gallery)All authors
Publisher: [Göttingen, Germany] : Steidl ; [Washington, D.C.] : Corcoran Gallery of Art, ©2010.
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Photographer Eadweard Muybridge was above all an innovator who played a groundbreaking role in the creative transformation of late nineteenth-century American and European culture. He pushed the limits of existing technology between 1850 and the dawn of the twentieth century, a time of rapid social and political change. Inspired by a complex set of goals that were artistic, scientific, commercial, and above all
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Genre/Form: Exhibitions
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Brookman, Philip.
Helios.
[Göttingen, Germany] : Steidl ; [Washington, D.C.] : Corcoran Gallery of Art, ©2010
(OCoLC)757656633
Named Person: Eadweard Muybridge
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Brookman; Eadweard Muybridge; Marta Braun; Corcoran Gallery of Art.; Tate Britain (Gallery); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
ISBN: 9783865219268 3865219268 9780886750831 0886750830
OCLC Number: 491901892
Notes: Published to accompany an exhibition held April 10-July 18, 2010, at the Corcoran Gallery of Art ; Sept. 8, 2010-Jan. 16, 2011, at the Tate Britain, London ; Feb. 26-June 7, 2011, at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Description: 359 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 22 x 29 cm
Contents: Foreword / Paul Greenhalgh --
Introduction / Andy Grundberg --
The astonished woodchopper --
Helios : Eadweard Muybridge in a time of change / Philip Brookman --
The infinite landscape --
Tangles, time, solitude, transformation : continuities in Eadweard Muybridge's river of images / Rebecca Solnit --
Stopping time --
Magnificent entertainment : the spectacular Eadweard Muybridge / Corey Keller --
Animals in motion --
Animal locomotion / Marta Braun --
Animal locomotion.
Other Titles: Eadweard Muybridge in a time of change
Responsibility: Philip Brookman ; with contributions by Marta Braun [and others].

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Photographer Eadweard Muybridge was above all an innovator who played a groundbreaking role in the creative transformation of late nineteenth-century American and European culture. He pushed the limits of existing technology between 1850 and the dawn of the twentieth century, a time of rapid social and political change. Inspired by a complex set of goals that were artistic, scientific, commercial, and above all personal in nature, Muybridge reinterpreted the grand landscape traditions of photography, surveyed the construction of Western railroads, depicted the growth of the Pacific Coast of the United States, and documented the Modoc War and Central American agriculture. He then developed the ability to freeze photographic sequences describing human and animal locomotion, and reanimated these in some of the first projected motion pictures. Muybridge helped alter and expand our understanding of the world, yet the full complexity of his art is little known today.

Born in England in 1830, Eadweard Muybridge immigrated to the United States in the early 1850s and began his career as a photographer in San Francisco in 1867. He radically reinvented the aesthetic and technical capabilities of the camera and in doing so gave us a new way to conceive of motion, time, and space. Today, the impact of Muybridge's art can be found in many places, from Thomas Edison's kinetoscope viewer and Marcel Duchamp's Nude Descending a Staircase to the poignant paintings of Francis Bacon, the blockbuster film The Matrix, and U2's video for their hit song "Lemon." It is interesting now to imagine Muybridge's world, little more than a century ago, when our sense of time was turned upside down for good. Helios: Eadweard Muybridge in a Time of Change constructs a new understanding of Muybridge's innovations and demonstrates his influence as a pioneer of modern art. --Book Jacket.

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