Edward Burtynsky - Photographs New York Tuesday, April 4, 2023 | Phillips

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  • “Nature transformed through industry is a predominant theme in my work. I set course to intersect with a contemporary view of the great ages of man; [. . . ] To make these ideas visible I search for subjects that are rich in detail and scale yet open in their meaning.”
    —Edward Burtynsky

    • Provenance

      Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York

    • Artist Biography

      Edward Burtynsky

      Canadian • 1955

      Universally termed 'industrial landscapes', Edward Burtynsky's photographs are rooted in the complex, symbiotic and, at times, destructive relationship we have with the earth. In depicting his subjects, Burtynsky balances an exacting, documentarian objectivity with a breathtakingly finessed beauty. His oversized works, whose subjects include quarries in Vermont, shipyards in China and oil refineries in Canada, have a sense of grandiosity and monumentality. There is an initial visual appeal of vibrant colors, details and scale; however, on closer inspection, the environmental dilemma unfolds. They are introspective and meditative, capturing a 'contemplative moment' where landscapes provide visual and emotional resonance.

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Rice Terraces #4, Western Yunnan Province, China

Chromogenic print.
48 x 64 in. (121.9 x 162.6 cm)
Overall 50 x 66 in. (127 x 167.6 cm)

Signed in ink, printed title, date, and number 6/6 on an artist's label affixed to the reverse of the flush-mount.

Full Cataloguing

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $25,400

Contact Specialist

Sarah Krueger
Head of Department, Photographs

Vanessa Hallett
Worldwide Head of Photographs and Chairwoman, Americas


New York Auction 4 April 2023