Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

First major retrospective of photographer Edward Burtynsky on view at the National Gallery of Canada

Ottawa, Canada - January 29, 2003


 « Première rétrospective d'envergure du photographe Edward Burtynsky présentée au Musée des beaux-arts du Canada »  

The National Gallery of Canada is honoured to present this first major retrospective of the career of internationally-renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky. This remarkable exhibition spans almost two decades of work by Burtynsky, who has established himself as a modern-day counterpart to the adventurous landscape photographers of the 19th century. From 31 January to 4 May 2003, you are invited to admire his stunning large-scale colour photographs, through the exhibition Manufactured Landscapes: The Photographs of Edward Burtynsky.

Organized by the National Gallery of Canada, this exhibition, which brings together more than 60 works from both public and private collections, will be the first major examination of Edward Burtynsky's work.

Born in Toronto, Edward Burtynsky has, over the past twenty-five years, been an explorer of unfamiliar places where modern industrial activity has reshaped the surface of the land. His astonishing photograph of the landscapes created by mining, quarrying, railcutting, recycling, oil refining, and shipbreaking have about them an unexpected and almost sublime beauty.

This artist, who says he is" fascinated by what we use and how we get it", has been examining the intersections between land and technology both for their inherent, unorthodox beauty and for the ways in which they reflect the culture that created them. His photographs are not intended to alert us to the devastation caused by industry, nor are they meant to celebrate the achievements of technological progress. They serve to reconnect viewers to the aspects of manufacturing and technological production that are usually ignored or at least rarely considered. At the same time, those photographs challenge viewers to redefine their concept of what constitutes a landscape.

After its presentation at the National Gallery of Canada, the exhibition Manufactured Landscapes: The Photographs of Edward Burtynsky will tour to the Art Gallery of Ontario, 24 January - 4 April 2004, and to New York at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, 23 September - 11 December 2005.

A lavishly illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition, published by the National Gallery of Canada in association with Yale University Press, New Haven and London. It includes essays by Mark Haworth-Booth, Curator of Photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Kenneth Baker, art critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, and Lori Pauli, Assistant Curator of Photographs at the National Gallery of Canada. This catalogue is for sale at the NGC Bookstore. 


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