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January 21, 2009

New Edward Burtynsky work at Flowers East Gallery Show in London

New work by Edward Burtynsky at Flowers East in London.

Ed_Burtynsky_Silver_Lake_1 For all those many obsessed Burtynsky fans.. you might have seen one or 2 new Burtynsky photos (still selling strongly) during Art Basel Miami 2009, but now there's a complete new gallery show up as of January 9th.

So if you're in London before it closes on February 7th, you probably want to check out this new photography show.

For all the rest of us, who are geographically challenged.. you can see Edward Burtynsky's many new photographs on line.

Here and here.

(photo #1, Ed Burtynsky, Silver Lake Operations #1, Lake Lefroy, Western Australia 2007, Limited Edition Chromogenic Colour Print)

Ed_Burtynsky_Silver_lake_10This new exhibition is all of Mines in Western Australia.. hence the new show name.. Australian Minescapes.

It's clearly a continuation of Burtynsky's long term exploration of our man made landscapes. 

This time Edward is using for the first time planes (or helicopters) in the creation of his photographs. This has the effect of making these photos look much more like paintings than any of his previous work. 

Additionally, our first look at the work, we saw a strong connection between this new Burtynsky series with photographer David Maisel's work. Check out David's Lake Project, Terminal Mirage, and his Mining Project all done pre-2004.

The similarity is very strong between their projects...So, we're not sure how MAO feels about this.. What do you think?

  • Good ? The Burtynsky work is building on another artists efforts.. or

  • Bad ? He's just ripping off someone who did it first, but doesn't get the huge audiance Burtynsky  has?

(Photo #2, Ed Burtynsky, Silver Lake Operations #10, Lake Lefroy, Western Australia 2007
Limited Edition Chromogenic Colour Print)

FYI..there is also a nice but, small (approx 65 pages) new catalog available, with an essay by Michael Mitchell.

You'll have to contact the Flowers Gallery East for copies of the new catalog.

Flowers East, London

Edward Burtynsky
Australian Minescapes
9 January - 7 February 2009

Additionally..For all those Burtynsky fans, you'll all be happy to know, Edward Burtynsky, has a few Museum shows coming up : 2009

  • Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, Alberta, February 6 - June 9, 2009

  • Edward Burtynsky: Uneasy Beauty - Photographs of Canada, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, British Columbia, January 17 - March 22

  • Burtynsky: Oil, Corcoran Gallery / Museum of Art, Washington, D.C. (touring exhibit begins), November 2009

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MAO.. you are such a Burtynsky Pimp!!

OK..the work is ok.. but nothing great.

Why do you insist on pumping Burtynsky work up so much???

Like MAO, presumably, I own Burtynsky's work and would like nothing more than for it to continue going up in price, and therefore I'd like to pump it all up with hyperbole and say how brilliant it all is. But in the spirit of Obama-esque transparency, let's be honest; this work is kind of boring, and certainly better suited to book form than buying a large print. Just like the Japanese photographers primarily made work for book reproduction, works like these should follow the same path. Not all works belong on the wall.

I think it's fine for Burtynsky to explore another artists area of work.

An artist of his importance making work in the same area.. I think it actually helps David Maisel. It further validates David's earlier work.

Plus.. while the Burtynsky work may have a connection to Maisel, it is not the same at all.. and these new photos have a unique Burtynsky style/eye.

This is the first I have heard of Burtynsky and I must say that after browsing through his work I am glad to have found him. Each photograph contains great detail and color (obviously, he is a professional). I wish I could see each one in person, on a much larger scale, as to view all of the minuscule details that were captured. The small images hardly seem to do them justice.

After looking at both Burtynsky’s work and Meisel’s work I see quite the difference and don’t feel as if Burtynsky was trying to imitate Miesel's style in the “Mines in Western Australia” collection. Sure, they are both consist of aerial photographs, but is there really that much aerial photography that doesn’t have the aerial “look”? You really only have one perspective. As far as both of their work, the only similarity is the perspective (obviously) and the abstractedness. In Burtynsky’s series the presence of humans is much more blatant than that in Miesel’s work.

As far as MAO, who or what is that?

This is the first I have heard of Burtynsky and I must say that after browsing through his work I am glad to have found him. Each photograph contains great detail and color (obviously, he is a professional). I wish I could see each one in person, on a much larger scale, as to view all of the minuscule details that were captured. The small images hardly seem to do them justice.

After looking at both Burtynsky’s work and Meisel’s work I see quite the difference and don’t feel as if Burtynsky was trying to imitate Miesel's style in the “Mines in Western Australia” collection. Sure, they are both consist of aerial photographs, but is there really that much aerial photography that doesn’t have the aerial “look”? You really only have one perspective. As far as both of their work, the only similarity is the perspective (obviously) and the abstractedness. In Burtynsky’s series the presence of humans is much more blatant than that in Miesel’s work.

As far as MAO, who or what is that?

MAO:
Why Burtynsky today?
You know, I am already annoyed with an unsigned Burtynsky one with a cheap ass and highly questionable xerox microscopic supossed signed label.

I find the Burtynsky work dull and way too boring..
And now as MAO has pointed out..it not even original.

The Maisel work was first, and much more interesting and painterly.

Why do people pay such attention to Burtynsky's Tiresome photography. Has he done anything special here?

Thank you for posting this!

Dewey

agree Burtynsky is totally overrated. he just hit a groove in the market, which he's exploited relentlessly. He's Gursky-Lite (not that Gursky's that heavy)

its dull, uninspired work, a bit dumb even, and does nothing whatsoever for the cause of developing photographic art.

Gute Arbeit hier! Gute Inhalte.

SO....maybe Hofmann begat Rothko begat Diebenkorn. Maybe a little? Aren't we all influenced by a myriad of different sources, some of which are totally unconscious? Or even sometimes independently end up at a similar place as someone else? i had a prof. who was making paintings similar to both Meisel and Burtynsky's photos back in the '70's. Except they were a little more abstracted.
Or is the criticism because these are photos, not paintings? The imagination has more cache than reality? They look 'illustrative,' like something you might find in National Geographic?
I look at them and see gorgeous shapes of color, and marvel at the chemistry of our planet. 'Found' art, if you will.

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