Edward Burtynsky - Photographs Evening & Day New York Wednesday, October 5, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Literature

    Steidl, Edward Burtynsky: Water, p. 101

  • Catalogue Essay

    “While trying to accommodate the growing needs of an expanding, and very thirsty civilization, we are reshaping the Earth in colossal ways."
    Edward Burtynsky

    Edward Burtynsky's aerial photographs from his Water series are rooted in the complex, symbiotic, and at times, destructive relationship we have with the earth. This image taken over the Texas panhandle, optically transforms the large pivot irrigation sprinklers into an abstracted geometric tableau,
    a perfectly weighted composition created by the sprinklers paths and division in the crops and farmland below. The subject of pivot irrigation speaks to a larger discourse surrounding the heavy demands on agriculture and supply of water in our world today. Just as he has done with his other subjects- from oil to manufacturing centers- here Burtynsky presents a carefully composed work brimming with a deeper environmental commentary.

  • 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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Pivot Irrigation #1, High Plains, Texas Panhandle, USA

Chromogenic print.
60 7/8 x 80 3/8 in. (154.6 x 204.2 cm)
Signed in ink, printed title, date and number 6/12 on an artist's label affixed to the reverse of the flush-mount.

$30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for $43,750

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Photographs Evening & Day

New York 5 & 6 October 2016