London

London

Speed

Whitechapel Gallery
77 - 82 Whitechapel High Street
September 11–January 22, 1998

Around the time that paint in tubes freed the Impressionists to work swiftly in the open air, speed began to make its mark on art. This exhibition takes up the modern story of speed as a source of content and disseminator of imagery. Canonical works by Umberto Boccioni, Fernand Léger, and Naum Gabo begin a race through the century that concludes with recent photography and video, gathering up along the way artists as disparate as Jackson Pollock (seen at work on film) and Joseph Beuys, Walter Sickert and Richard Hamilton, Ed Ruscha and Rodney Graham. The accompanying catalogue/book contains contributions from J.G. Ballard, Peter Wollen, and Susan George.