EDWARD BURTYNSKY "ROCK OF AGES #23", 1991
A noted filmmaker, entrepreneur, and environmental advocate, Burtynsky is first known internationally for his large-scale images documenting the consequences and process of using the earth's natural resources.
His images, which at times approach abstraction, present a bizarre tension between beauty and desecration.
Many works including this exceptional example, show unbelievable aerial views and are presented with a level of detail normally impossible for the human eye to comprehend.
Burtynsky's series of quarries taken in Vermont in the early 1990s were the images that established his career.
These images of cracked, fragmented, and abandoned terrains looked not dissimilar to a Riopelle painting realized in rich whites, and grays with stabs of vibrant greens.
While the image documents environmental exploitation, the overall work has an incredible form and rich palette and texture.
His work can be found in the permanent collection of countless museums including the National Gallery of Canada, the Guggenheim, TATE Modern (London), and MoMA to mention a few.
"Rock of Ages #23, Abandoned Section, Adam-Pirie Quarry, Barre, Vermont, 1991"
Archival pigment print
Signed in ink and numbered '10/10' on verso.
From an edition of 10
27"H 34"W (image)
34"H 41"W (sheet)
Very good condition
Pauli et al., Manufactured Landscapes: The Photographs of Edward Burtynsky, National Gallery of Canada, 200
Mayer et al., China: The Photographs of Edward Burtynsky, Steidl, 2005
Note: additional images coming soon.
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