Xiaolangdi Dam Nr. 4, Yellow River Henan Province, China

About Edward Burtynsky

Edward Burtynsky’s large-format color photographs document the ramifications of human industry on the natural world in a perversely beautiful manner. Bold swathes of color and rich texture render his images of mines, industrial refineries, shipbreaking yards, and other scarred landscapes from Detroit to Bangladesh, painterly. “Dryland Farming” (2011), an aerial series exploring how humans reshape natural topography through farming in a semi-arid, remote region of northern Spain, evokes abstract painting; seeing the colors and shapes from 2,000 feet above reminded the artist of Pablo Picasso’s Guernica (1937). Burtynsky intends his work to spark “a second look at what we call progress,” which has won him acclaim as an environmental champion as well as an artist; he received a TED Prize in 2005 for producing images that “powerfully alter the way we think about the world and out place in it.”

Canadian, b. 1955, St. Catharines, Canada

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Edward Burtynsky: Essential Elements 1981 - 2012, Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York
2016
Edward Burtynsky: Salt Pans 2016, Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York
2016
Edward Burtynsky Essential Elements, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Central, Hong Kong
2014
Edward Burtynsky: Water, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Central, Hong Kong
2013
Edward Burtynsky: Water, Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Edward Burtynsky: Essential Elements 1981 - 2012, Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York
2016
Edward Burtynsky: Salt Pans 2016, Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York
2016
Edward Burtynsky: Essential Elements, Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York
2016
Edward Burtynsky Essential Elements, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Central, Hong Kong
2014
EDWARD BURTYNSKY - WATER, SCHEUBLEIN + BAK, Zürich
2014
Edward Burtynsky: Water, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Central, Hong Kong
2013
Edward Burtynsky: Water, Rena Bransten Gallery
2013
Edward Burtynsky: Water, Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York
2013
Edward Burtynsky: Water, Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
Out of Obscurity, Flowers, London
2015
Extraordinary Photographs V, Rosier Gallery, Berkeley
2014
ANNIVERSARY- 3 Years SCHEUBLEIN + BAK, SCHEUBLEIN + BAK, Zürich
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