Canadian Fine Art

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November 18, 2021 at 7:00 pm ET

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LOT 75

Lot 75


Lot 75 Details


digital chromogenic colour print on Kodak Ultra Endura paper
signed, titled, dated and numbered 3/6 to gallery label on the reverse
48 ins x 64 ins; 121.9 cms x 162.6 cms

Estimate $15,000-$20,000

Realised: $24,000
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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Private Collection, Toronto, Ontario


For more than 40 years, photographer Edward Burtynsky has keenly observed humanity’s impact on the planet. His images of industrialized landscapes are often uncomfortably beautiful, documenting how human activity is contributing to the Earth’s demise (and, by extension, its own). In the case of the “Dryland Farming” works, they also capture aerial views of topographies that suggest the biomorphic forms, colours and textures of mid-twentieth century abstract paintings. This photograph comes from a larger series called “Water”, in which Burtynsky examines the effects of too much or too little water on an environment. The region of Spain depicted is arid and subject to droughts; water must be imported to maintain the crops and, even though water isn’t shown in the picture, it is, to use Burtynsky’s words, “a partner, a protagonist.” Human ingenuity has turned this barren landscape into a “productive” one but, Burtynsky seems to ask, at what eventual cost?

Bill Clarke is a Toronto-based collector of contemporary art (and many other things) and a writer who has written for ArtReview, ARTnews, Modern Painters, Canadian Art and Border Crossings. Associate director of Angell Gallery from 2017 to 2019, Clarke has returned to his previous career in healthcare policy and communications.


Very good condition.

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LOT 75

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  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
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