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The Week reviews an exhibition in a private gallery Eadweard Muybridge at Beetles+Huxley
The pioneering work of Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904) in motion photography occupies a singular place in art history. The flick bookstyle studies he created of humans, horses and other animals in the 1870s and 1880s – using multiple cameras to capture the briefest gesture – are seen as instrumental to the development of the moving image, and have been a key point of reference for artists ever since. For the viewer, however, the appeal of his work lies not so much in its technical accomplishment but in its glorious strangeness. His human models are more often than not depicted naked, some playing tennis, some riding horses, some wrestling on the ground (famously, a direct influence on Francis Bacon), granting the images in which they appear an almost ritualistic quality. Some of the many small image sheets in this show hold the attention more than others, but it is nonetheless a welcome opportunity to see so much of Muybridge’s work in one place. Prices range from £700 to £4,200. 3-5 Swallow Street, London W1 (020-7434 4319). Until 2 September.
Animal Locomotion Plates 617 (top) and 720 (below), 1887