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Manhattan Galleries Focus in on Edward Burtynsky

Friday, December 02, 2011

Edward Burtynsky's 'Dryland Farming #7' was taken in Monegros County in Aragon, Spain in 2010. It's on view now at Burce Wolkowitz Gallery. Edward Burtynsky's "Dryland Farming #7" was taken in Monegros County in Aragon, Spain in 2010. It's on view now at Burce Wolkowitz Gallery. (© Edward Burtynsky, Courtesy Bruce Wolkowitz Gallery, NYC.)

A sweeping overhead shot of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and abstract aerials of dryland farming in northeastern Spain. These are some of the large-scale chromogenic color prints by Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky now on view at two galleries in Manhattan.

Art critic Hrag Vartanian, who edits the arts blog Hyperallergic, said that despite being large — some of them 60 to 80 inches wide — Byrtynski's photos are incredibly detailed.

"I looked at one of the photographs of a Hong Kong apartment complex," Vartanian said, "and the detail of the photographs are so incredible that you can see the actual laundry hanging on the balconies and tell what the clothes are."

He added that Burtynsky's works are also intriguing because they play with scale.

"You're looking at these landscapes in this very removed way and you don't realize how vast they are, how large they are, what they are," he said.

Edward Burtynski's chromogenic color prints are on view at the Howard Greenberg Gallery and at the Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery through Dec. 10. Check out images of his work in the slideshow below.

© Edward Burtynsky, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, NYC
"SOCAR Oil Fields #3" on view now at the Howard Greenberg Gallery was taken in Baku, Azerbaijan in 2006.
© Edward Burtynsky, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, NYC
"Bao Steel #7" was taken in Shanghai, China in 2005.
© Edward Burtynsky, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, NYC
"Oil Spill #7, Ground Zero" was taken in the Gulf of Mexico on June 24, 2010.
© Edward Burtynsky, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, NYC
"Railcuts #6 (red hill, C.N. train)" was taken on the C.N. track on the Thompson River in British Columbia in 1985.
© Edward Burtynsky, Courtesy Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, NYC.
"Dryland Farming #7" was taken in Monegros County in Aragon, Spain in 2010. It's on view now at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery.
© Edward Burtynsky, Courtesy Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, NYC.
"Dryland Farming #19" was also taken in northeastern Spain.

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Steve Giovinco from New York, NY

I've followed Edward Burtynsky's photographs for number of years, and find them impressive in some ways (I've heard him discuss his work on the CBC), but find most of them a bit too coolly tempered for my taste.

Dec. 21 2011 09:20 PM

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