Historic photography exhibition coming up at the Vancouver Art Gallery

Eadweard Muybridge, [Dancing (fancy)]  Plate 188 from Animal Locomotion, 1887,  collotype, 47.5 x 60.0 cm, Collection of  the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of Andy  Sylvester, VAG 2013.24.6

Eadweard Muybridge, [Dancing (fancy)]
Plate 188 from Animal Locomotion, 1887,
collotype, 47.5 x 60.0 cm, Collection of
the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of Andy
Sylvester, VAG 2013.24.6

The Vancouver Art Gallery has received a significant donation of photographs, and many of these historic works will be on display in an upcoming exhibition.

Harold Edgerton (1903-1990) and Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904) are regarded as pioneers in the history of modern and contemporary photography. Recently, a group of Toronto-based art collectors donated a collection of 80 photos by Edgerton to the VAG. A local gallerist also donated 27 photos by Muybridge.

A selection of these works will be part of the forthcoming exhibition Out of Sight: New Acquisitions, which opens at the Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby St.) on March 29, 2014.

Muybridge and Edgerton are celebrated for revolutionary works exploring time and motion. The Muybridge photos are from his series Animal Locomotion: an Electro-Photographic Investigation of Connective Phases of Animal Movements. Sequential images of a man batting a ball and a vulture flying help us understand, or at least glimpse, the kinetics of movement.

The Edgerton pics span the U.S.-born scientist’s 50-year career. He used photography to examine phenomena, including liquid and moving bullets, in minute detail. He was also was deeply involved with the development of sonar and deep-sea photography. According to Wikipedia, his equipment was used by Jacques Cousteau in searches for shipwrecks and even the Loch Ness monster.

“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of these donors from Toronto and Vancouver,” said Kathleen S. Bartels, the Director of Vancouver Art Gallery, in a press release.

“Our permanent collection benefits tremendously from these extraordinary artworks that bear witness to the development of photography. They assist in telling the narrative of art history, and further expand the breadth and depth of our Gallery’s collection.”

For more info on the exhibition, visit vanartgallery.bc.ca.

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