Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Edward Burtynsky

One Canadian artist who needs little introduction these days is Edward Burtynsky, whose work tracing commodities, the reversal of production on a global scale, was an instant classic. Now there is a new documentary film about Burtynsky. There is something thoroughly modernist about Burtynsky's work, the grand scale, the glorious detail, a kind of unwieldy whole. So unified in a classical mournful way: a perspective that could only come from someone who has witnessed something once whole.

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