Edward Burtynsky

EDWARD BURTYNSKY "ROCK OF AGES #4, VERMONT", 1991

ÔĽŅEdward Burtynsky (b. 1955) is one of Canada‚Äôs most successful photographers. A noted filmmaker, entrepreneur, and environmental advocate, he is known internationally for his incredibly detailed images documenting the processes and consequences of using the earth‚Äôs natural resources.¬†His images, which at times approach abstraction, present a bizarre tension between beauty and desecration.

Over the years, he has crossed the globe exploring the mark of human development on the earth and its embedded political, social and economic consequences.

Burtynsky’s series of quarries, taken in Vermont in the early 1990s, are widely considered to be the images that propelled his reputation internationally. These images of cracked, fragmented, and abandoned terrains contributed to Burtynsky reviving the landscape photography genre. While the image documents environmental exploitation, the overall work has an incredible form and rich texture, with astonishing detail upon close viewing.

Burtysnky is arguably at his best when the landscape functions as abstraction. In this crips image, approximately the bottom eighth of the photograph is punctuated with this vibrant reflective stripe of jade green. The rest of the image, depicting a almost completely vertical plane of intact marble recall Jean-Paul Riopelle's iceberg paintings of the 1970's. 

Edward Burtynsky’s work can be found in the permanent collection of countless museums, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Guggenheim, the Tate Museum (London) and The MoMA.

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"Rock of Ages #4, Abandoned Section Adam-Pirie Quarry, Barre, Vermont, 1991"

Chromogenic print, 1991

Signed by the artist in ink with printed title, date, and edition on a label verso

From an edition of 15

22"H 17.5"W (image/sheet)

35‚ÄĚH 30‚ÄĚW (framed)

Very good condition.

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