Fast Art, Fast Money

October 30, 2014 1:09 PM

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On February 20, 1909, Filippo Mariinetti and Umberto Boccioni declared a new aesthetic of speed in their Futurist Manifesto. "We say the world's magnificence has been enriched by a new beauty; the beauty of speed." The cult of speed is a modern invention. For Futurists as well as many other early twentieth-century artists, speed bordered on a religious experience that transformed vision and changed minds.

The artistic revolution in the early twentieth century was an extension of the Industrial Revolution in the latter half of the nineteenth century. With the emergence of the railway system and the invention of the telephone, telegraph, and stock ticker, mobility increased and the pace of life acceler...

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