Lot 140: EDWARD BURTYNSKY, (CANADIAN, B. 1955), "SHIPBREAKING #3, CHITTAGONG, BANGLADESH 2000"
December 6, 2016
Philadelphia, PA, USALive Auction
(canadian, b. 1955)
"SHIPBREAKING #3, CHITTAGONG, BANGLADESH 2000"
2001, ink signed on identifying label affixed verso, artist proof 1 (1 of 2 artist''s proofs, aside from the regular edition of 5), chromogenic print on Fuji Crystal Archive paper mounted to paper support, (as issued).
image: 39 x 49 1/2 in. (99.1 x 125.7cm)
support: 52 x 62 in. (132.1 x 157.5cm)
Charles Cowles Gallery Inc., New York, New York.
Private Collection, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The photograph is mounted to a paper support. All edges of the photograph are visible, and this was not examined out of the frame. With an apparent tiny paper imperfection in the upper right corner. With an apparent 1/2 inch soft line of rubbing in the upper left corner. Otherwise apparently in very good condition.
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Edward Burtynsky''s ''Shipbreaking'' series depicts grounded tankers that are in the process of being deconstructed. Rich in color and complex in their artful compositions, these images portray a beauty that belies their subject. At the same time, the grand scale of these photographs forces the viewer to confront the impact of industrialization on the earth in the 21st Century. The artist first photographed these scenes after hearing that insurance companies would no longer insure single-hulled tankers in the wake of the Exon-Valdez crisis. Many of these decommissioned ships were brought to the beaches of India and Bangladesh where they were taken apart piece by piece, their metals corroding and staining the beaches and ocean in the process. However, the artist retains some optimism: ''For Burtynsky, nature itself, over time, can reclaim even the most ambitious of human incursions into the land. As long as human needs and desires change, so too will the landscape.''1
1 The artist''s website: www.edwardburtynsky.com