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

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  • “I am interested in human intervention. How do we interact with water, and how do we re-shape and synthesize water into what we want it to be, into the various things that we need it to be.”
    —Edward Burtynsky

    • Provenance

      Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York

    • Literature

      Steidl, Burtynsky: Water, p. 175

    • 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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Ölfusá River #1, Iceland

Chromogenic print, printed 2013.
39 x 52 in. (99.1 x 132.1 cm)
Signed in ink, printed title, date, and number 7/9 on an artist's label affixed to the reverse of the flush-mount.

Full Cataloguing

$15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for $53,340

Contact Specialist

Sarah Krueger
Head of Department, Photographs

Vanessa Hallett
Worldwide Head of Photographs and Chairwoman, Americas


New York Auction 4 April 2023