PM Gallery devotes new exhibition Walk On to 25 artists inspired by walking

By Mark Sheerin | 18 April 2013

Exhibition preview: Walk On: 40 Years of Art Walking, PM Gallery, London, until May 5 2013

Colour photo of a woman walking along a forest path
Janet Cardiff, Forest Walk© Janet Cardiff
Londoners are spoilt for exhibition choice, so this show out in Ealing might escape your notice. But Walk On: 40 Years of Art Walking sounds well worth the trip. We could even recommend that you make the journey on foot and experience first hand a little of the phenomena being celebrated.

Some 25 artists join the perambulations in West London. And naturally that includes the man who started it all. Richard Long may have crossed continents in pursuit of his art, but it is worth remembering his seminal to-and-fro across an English field was ostensibly a student project.

Trust Marina Abramowicz to bring more spectacle to the activity. The show documents her journey from one end of the Great Wall of China to meet with her collaborator Ulay coming the other way. Clearly walking is a form of Western art none too troubling for the authorities.

One reason artists either like or do not like the practice of walking is the difficulty in making a sale. Hamish Fulton is an inveterate English walking artist who insists the steps he takes are the only forms of art. Anything else he produces is so much irrelevant documentation.

But it seems only fair to give the last mention to Tim Knowles, who performs so-called wind walks in the City of London. These follow the breeze and animate Bob Dylan’s best known lyric: How many streets must a man walk down/…/the answer is blowing in the wind.

  • Open Tuesday-Friday 1pm-5pm Tuesday to Friday (11am-5pm Saturday). Admission free.

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More pictures:

Colour photo of a hiker looking over a gorge from a balcony
Alex Finlay, from The Road North© Alec Finlay adn Ken Cockburn
Colour photo of an aerial view of horseguards marching in formation
Francis Alÿs, Guards© Francis Alys
Black and white photo of two ramblers by a standing stone
Simon Pope, A Common Third© Simon Pope
Colour photo of an arid landscape with tree and felled wood
Atul Bhalla, Yamuna Walk (2007)© Atul Bhalla
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