Edward Burtynsky - Photographs London Wednesday, May 17, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Charles Cowles Gallery, New York

  • Exhibited

    Manufactured Landscapes: The Photographs of Edward Burtynsky, Brooklyn Museum, New York, 7 October 2005 - 15 January 2006
    For the present lot

  • Literature

    Burtynsky China, Göttingen: Steidl, 2005, p. 63

  • 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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Shipyard #5 Qili Port, Zhejiang Province, China

Chromogenic print, mounted.
Image: 100.5 x 126.3 cm (39 5/8 x 49 3/4 in.)
Frame: 126.8 x 152.3 cm (49 7/8 x 59 7/8 in.)

Signed in ink, printed title, date and number 2/9 on an artist label affixed to the reverse of the mount.

£10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for £12,500

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London Auction 18 May 2017