Edward Burtynsky Photos.. Defied Recession Gravity
Edward Burtynsky Photos.. Defied Recession Gravity.
For those long time MAO readers.. it will come to no surprise that MAO is an avid fan of Canadian Photographer Edward Burtynsky. Yes.. we know.. Edward's work is big, colorful, over-hyped, straightforward, expensive, often pretty, very "corporate", safe, etc.. just about everything most fine art photography scholars and contemporary art snobs love to poke fun of.. but yes.. MAO loves his images.
But.. here's a little secret.. The auction world LOVES Burtynsky Too!!
So while photo auction results have been poor.. some artist's works are still breaking records.
Check out this outcome from last week's October 15th, Phillips Photography Auction Sale in London..
Oxford Tire Pile #1, Westley, California, 1999
Colour coupler print. 68.6 x 86.4 cm. (27 x 34 in). Signed in ink, printed title, date and number 1/10 on a label affixed to the reverse of the mount.
Actual Realized Total Sale Price including Auction House Premium
£30,000....Or... Approx $ 49,200 !!!
PROVENANCE Acquired directly from the artist
EXHIBITED Manufactured Landscapes: The Photographs of Edward Burtynsky, touring exhibition, including National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 31 January – 4 May, 2003 and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, 7 October 2005 – 15 January, 2006 (each another example exhibited)
LITERATURE Yale University Press, Manufactured Landscapes: The Photographs of Edward Burtynsky, 2003, p. 112; Steidl, China: The Photographs of Edward Burtynsky, 2005, p. 18
OK.. so just a few MAO stupid thoughts about this photo and these auction results...
- Wow..It's a pretty cool photo
- This was not the largest size print this image comes in.
- $49,200 is a ridiculous huge number.. to pay for a living photographer's image
- Why was the auction presale estimate so low? Like how clueless were the stupid people at Phillips?
- One high auction result does not mean too much, it may have been just 2 hedge fund guys with little wankers huge egos trying to out do each other
- Other Burtynsky images have also done well before.. but nothing quite like this.
- The image was in the recent Brooklyn Museum Show
- God Damn that a lot of tires!!
- Up until a few weeks ago..You could probably have bought this photo from one of the too many 7 Official Burtynsky Dealers around the world for only $25,000
- There are 9 More of these photos out there in this size.. plus at least 3 (or maybe 6) more in the larger print size.. plus some artist proofs floating around..plus he could always print more..
- MAO owns one of these phoos that he really should consider selling soon!! that should probably come out of cold storage.
- Who'd want to hang this depressing image on the wall in their home?
- Burtynsky is a great photographer and history will show him as one of the most important from our generation
- There are several better Burtynsky images in the MAO Collection..and we need to call Phillips our insurance company ASAP.
FYI.. For those who don't know.. there's a new Burtynsky Show "OIL" at the Corcoran Gallery Of Art in Washington DC, he also has a new great book Edward Burtynsky: Oilpublished by Steidl.
Plus there are NYC and Toronto Gallery shows which just opened up. It's the Nicholas Metivier Galleryin Toronto, and in NYC, it's in the old Charles Cowles Gallery (R.I.P.) Space on 24th street at the newly relocated & renamed Hasted Hunt Gallery Hasted Hunt Kraeutler Gallery..The show in NYC is up until November 28th.