Edward Burtynsky - Photographs London Wednesday, May 18, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Torch Gallery, Amsterdam

  • Literature

    Manufactured Landscapes: The Photographs of Edward Burtynsky, exh. cat., National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 2003, pl. 25

  • 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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Rock of Ages #25, Abandoned Section, Adam-Pirie Quarry, Barre, Vermont

Colour coupler print, printed 1999.
67.9 x 86.4 cm (26 3/4 x 34 in).
Signed in ink, printed title, date and number 10/10 on a label affixed to the reverse of the mount.

£6,000 - 8,000 


19 May 2011