Brooklyn, New York
In an age when so-called leaders unfathomably deny the unconscionable destruction of the earth and its bounty, Edward Burtynsky’s photographs of human devastated landscapes captured from the air is profoundly important work. Burtynsky says it well: “[We] come from nature.…There is an importance to [having] a certain reverence for what nature is because we are connected to it… If we destroy nature, we destroy ourselves.” Valerie Hegarty, informed by the current turbulent state of our country while also excavating from America’s past, presents recent ceramic work exploring the erosion of our values right along with our natural resources. The lush floral paintings of Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez take a bit of detective work to really catch the nuanced concept. By magnifying images of Colonial still lifes, she lures us into the lush and lovely decorative elements. But look again, and you will notice in the background that a flood drifts by, exposing neglect and indulgence.
This group exhibition showcases eerily beautiful images by Edward Burtynsky, Mishka Henner and Yvon Lambert, which tell a spooky tale about the exploitation of nature by humankind. "If we destroy nature, we destroy ourselves," Burtynsky agrees.
Middlebury College Museum of Art
Photographs drawn primarily from the Museum’s rich holdings make up this comprehensive survey of photography and the environment. The exhibit, which is organized in categories spanning cosmological time to the present day, presents seventy images through the lens of environmental appreciation, concern, or activism. Professor Kirsten Hoving, with her students and research assistants, has also produced an innovative and comprehensive digital catalogue, accessible to all visitors, as a companion to the exhibit.
Exhibitions Gallery Level 1
Art Gallery of Hamilton
Acclaimed Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky brings environmental issues to our attention through awe-inspiring and often abstract images that document industrial sites. The photographs are a reflection of our times, and show the complex effects that global manufacturing, and the demands of first world consumers have on the planet. From aerial views of oil fields in Nigeria, to salt pans in India, to Italian Carrara marble quarries and nickel tailings in Sudbury, his stunning large-format photographs made over the past three decades bear sublime witness to the reality of current environmental issues. This exhibition celebrates a recent gift of 76 photographs donated by the artist to the AGH; the largest donation he has made to a museum.
Edward Burtynsky’s distinctions include the TED Prize and the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts. In 2006 he was awarded Officer of the Order of Canada and currently holds seven honorary doctorate degrees. Burtynsky lives and works in Toronto and is represented by Nicholas Metivier Gallery in Toronto.
University of Michigan Taubman College Gallery
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Ambiguous Territory: Architecture, Landscape, and the Postnatural is a symposium and concurrent exhibition that situates contemporary discourses and practices of architecture and landscape within the context of the Postnatural; the era of climate change, the Anthropocene, and altered ecologies. The project asks: In a time when humans have been fundamentally displaced from their presumed place of privilege, philosophically as well as experientially, should the disciplines of architecture and landscape architecture consider displacing themselves as well, in order to establish new affiliations and avail new ways to approach contemporary questions of design in relation to the environment?
AlterNation suggests an alternative approach to the consideration of Canada and the embracing of multiple perspectives towards our shared history. It is an acknowledgement of the many alternative nations that have existed within this country, while also suggesting a fluctuation between those various histories. In logic and mathematics, alternation is defined as “inclusive disjunction,” a term that metaphorically encompasses the ways that Canada has endeavoured to be a bastion of multicultural democracy, but has at times failed to live up to those ideals.
Mak Exhibition Hall
Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art
To some extent unheard and unseen, robotics—driven by Digital Modernity—has already fundamentally altered our working and daily lives. Yet people’s relationship to new technologies is often ambivalent. As the first comprehensive exhibition about the opportunities and challenges surrounding robotics, Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine broadens its scope to include the ethical and political questions arising from these enormous technological advances.
Art Gallery of Alberta
This exhibition presents over 120 works of art that act as markers for important moments in Canada’s history. Not depictions or documents of specific people or events, the works show how artists interpret and represent the world and how their ideas and images can hold meaning in new contexts. The exhibition is not a complete or comprehensive visual history of Canada—it is an accumulation of stories and associations between works of art and moments in Canadian history.
Audain Art Museum
Whistler, British Columbia
The Audain Art Museum is proud to announce the third Special Exhibition of 2017. Opening on June 10, 2017, Edward Burtynsky: The Scarred Earth is the next in a series of international calibre experiences for our members and visitors organized by the Audain Art Museum’s Darrin Martens, Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chief Curator.
Edward Burtynsky, as a documentary photographer, has chronicled humanity’s influence over the Earth’s surface over the past three decades. The Scarred Earth is an intimate look at how we, as a species, have altered our physical landscape through resource extraction.
Intentional Landscapes is world-renowned Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky’s second exhibition with the gallery. Burtynsky has spent his career traveling the world documenting waterfronts, farmlands, irrigation plots, rivers and various water maintenance systems – focusing mainly on landscapes where industry has transformed nature. The resulting images are meant as metaphors to the dilemma of our modern existence. Burtynsky states, “Our dependence on nature to provide the materials for our consumption and our concern for the health of our planet sets us into an uneasy contradiction.”
Join us for a conversation with renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky and acclaimed filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier. They will be discussing their latest collaborative project—Anthropocene -- with AGO curator of photography, Sophie Hackett.
Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain
Trente ans après l’exposition Hommage à Ferrari qui mettait à l’honneur ces voitures mythiques, la Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain présente, sur une proposition de Xavier Barral et Philippe Séclier, l’exposition Autophoto consacrée aux relations entre la photographie et l’automobile. Depuis sa création, l’automobile façonne le paysage, permet la découverte de nouveaux horizons et bouleverse notre conception du temps et de l’espace.
Experience the diversity of Canadian photographic practice and production from 1960 to 2000 in this exhibition organized by the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada. Bringing together more than 100 works by 71 artists — including Raymonde April, Edward Burtynsky, Lynne Cohen, Angela Grauerholz, Michael Snow, Jeff Wall and Jin-me Yoon — it explores how the medium articulated the role of art and the artist in an ever-changing world, along with differing ideas of identity, sexuality and community. Formulated around themes such as conceptual, documentary, urban landscape and portrait, this exhibition celebrates the enormous growth of the practice, collection and display of photography over more than four decades.
Canadian Stories features artwork by more than 30 artists, reflecting diverse points of view, changing attitudes and sometimes a rereading of Canadian history. Contemporary artwork by artists such as Shawna Dempsey, Bob Boyer and Edward Burtynsky illustrate how works of art can prompt us to question not only the past but our perspectives today and how we can shape the future.
The College of Liberal Arts' University Forum Lecture Series presents "Photographer Edward Burtynsky on Oil" a talk by Edward Burtynsky, fine arts photographer and holder of six honorary doctoral degrees.
In this presentation, acclaimed photographer – Edward Burtynsky – discusses his work in oil, a photographic exploration of the effects of this critical fuel on our lives. His images tell an epic story of mankind expressed through our discovery, exploitation, and celebration of this vital natural resource.
After the lecture, forum attendees will be invited to tour the exhibition, Edward Burtynsky: Oil, on view right across the lobby in the Barrick Museum’s main gallery.
Burtynsky’s most ambitious body of work to date will be exhibited at the Borusan Contemporary, which is a pioneer with its office museum structure. “Aqua Shock: Selections from the Water Project” explores humanity’s increasingly stressed relationship with the world’s most vital natural resource.
La Galerie d’art du Centre culturel de l’UdeS et le Colloque Innovation en valorisation des matières résiduelles présentent l’exposition Burtynsky. Edward Burtynsky (né en 1955 à Saint Catharines, Ontario) est un artiste de réputation internationale. Ses photographies de paysages dévastée révèlent l'impact de l'humanité et de la civilisation sur les paysages.
The Galerie d’art du Centre culturel de l’UdeS and the Colloque Innovation en valorisation des matières résiduelles present the exhibition Burtynsky. Born in 1955 in St. Catharines, Ontario, Edward Burtynsky is a world-renowned artist whose photographs reveal the impact of humanity and civilization on landscapes. Through his powerful works, he shows places devastated by human activity.
Watershed explores the increasingly fraught relationship between humankind and the environment, giving photographic aid to a concern that has reached global significance in recent years. Since the 1970s, landscape photographers have embraced this new relationship with the natural world, marking a firm split from the pristine worldview touted by midcentury landscape photographers like Ansel Adams. Displaying works that evidence the undeniable human impact on the earth, these photographers reveal the landscape as an activated space—one that is imprinted by mankind and marked by social performance.
Nicholas Metivier Gallery is pleased to announce two concurrent exhibitions by Edward Burtynsky, Salt Pans and Essential Elements. The exhibitions will open on September 29th and run until October 22nd with an opening reception on Thursday, September 29th. The exhibitions are accompanied by two new books, Edward Burtynsky - Salt Pans, published by Steidl, and Edward Burtynsky – Essential Elements, curated and edited by William A. Ewing and published by Thames & Hudson. A special limited edition of Edward Burtynsky – Salt Pans features a Salt Pans print and is available for purchase through the gallery. A talk with Burtynsky and Mr. Ewing will take place at 2 pm on Saturday, October 1.
Edward Burtynsky: Oil, an exhibition featuring more than 50 large-scale color landscape photographs by Canadian artist Edward Burtynsky, will be on view at the Marjorie Barrick Museum Sept. 23, 2016-Jan. 14, 2017. The exhibition surveys a decade of Burtynsky’s photographic imagery exploring different aspects of the modern world’s most transformative resource, oil. The exhibition is organized by the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, the same museum responsible for Ugo Rondinone’s Seven Magic Mountains public art installation in Las Vegas.
In Salt Pans, Burtynsky conveys both the sublime aesthetic qualities of the industrialised landscape and the unsettling reality of depleting resources on the planet, through a series of geometric compositions photographed from the air above the Little Rann of Kutch in Gujarat, India.
Mounted in the upper gallery Essential Elements comprises of a selection of photographs weaving an evocative journey through Burtynsky’s past projects, China, Manufactured Landscapes, Quarries, Oil and Water, drawing together the visual and thematic threads that connect throughout his oeuvre. The exhibition will coincide with the publication of a major new monograph, Edward Burtynsky: Essential Elements, edited and curated by William A. Ewing. Published by Thames & Hudson on 15 September 2016, the book provides an overview of Burtynsky’s work across four decades, including iconic images and many previously unpublished photographs.
Infinite Change focuses on the recent gift of 40 works to KWAG by the artist—a supplement to the 53 works that were brought into the collection in 2000. Many of the works included in this exhibition reflect Burtynsky’s increasing use of an aerial vantage point—a viewpoint generally associated with scientific, rather than artistic, inquiry.