Art that deals with the body in movement

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  • Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson, 'Study for 'Returning to the Trenches'' 1914-15

    Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson
    Study for 'Returning to the Trenches' 1914-15
    Charcoal and crayon on paper
    support: 146 x 206 mm
    Purchased 1959 Tate

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  • Leon Golub, 'Fighter' 1965

    Leon Golub
    Fighter 1965
    Lithograph on paper
    image: 765 x 565 mm
    Purchased 1988 DACS, London and VAGA, New York 2004

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  • Susan Rothenberg, 'Vertical Spin' 1986-7

    Susan Rothenberg
    Vertical Spin 1986-7
    Oil on canvas
    support: 3308 x 2860 mm
    Presented by the Patrons of New Art through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1987 Susan Rothenberg

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Kinaesthesia is the sense that detects bodily position, weight or movement of the muscles, tendons and joints of the body. In art the term has come to be used in relation to art that deals with the body in movement.

It was first associated with futurism, which sought to champion the dynamism of the modern age by depicting people and things in motion.

The performances of the American choreographer Merce Cunningham can also be described as kinaesthetic, because his dancers are concerned with the exploration of space through the body’s movement. In 1973 Trisha Brown used the Manhattan skyline as a stage for her performance Roof Piece in which dancers transmitted movements to other dancers standing on roof tops across New York.