Edward Burtynsky - Photographs New York Thursday, October 7, 2021 | Phillips
  • "Our dependence on nature to provide the materials for our consumption and our concern for the health of our planet sets us into an uneasy contradiction. For me, these images function as reflecting pools of our times."
    —Edward Burtynsky

    • Provenance

      Acquired directly from the artist

    • Literature

      National Gallery of Canada/Yale University Press, Manufactured Landscapes: The Photographs of Edward Burtynsky, pl. 16

    • 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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Uranium Tailings #12, Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada

Chromogenic print, printed 2012.
35 1/2 x 70 1/2 in. (90.2 x 179.1 cm)
Signed in ink, printed title, date and number 5/6 on an artist's label affixed to the reverse of the flush-mount.

Full Cataloguing

$15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for $17,640

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New York Auction 7 October 2021