Edward Burtynsky - Photographs London Wednesday, November 2, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Literature

    Burtynsky: Water, Steidl, 2013, p. 83

  • 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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Xiaolangdi Dam #3, Yellow River, Henan Province, China

Chromogenic print.
Image/Sheet: 99.1 x 132.1 cm (39 x 52 in.)
Frame: 100.7 x 134 cm (39 5/8 x 52 3/4 in.)

Signed in ink, printed title, date and number 4/9 on an artist label affixed to the reverse of the flush-mount.

£15,000 - 20,000 

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London Auction 3 November 2016