Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery and Howard Greenberg Gallery present concurrent exhibitions of work by photographer Edward Burtynsky. The exhibition at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery features large-scale works from Burtynsky’s newest series Dryland Farming. Shot in the remote Monegros region of northeastern Spain, the photographs capture the vibrant topography of a landscape in flux. This hilly, arid terrain is both desolate and fertile, with farmland carved from the gypsum foothills. Despite a scarcity of water, generations of farmers have attempted to tame this wilderness, growing cereal grains, such as wheat, barley, and corn, and creating the undulating patchwork seen today. Burtynsky trains his lens on these constructed landscapes, which are a juxtaposition of nature’s unspoiled beauty with man’s endeavor to harness the power and bounty within it. Burtynsky photographed these patterned crop fields from a 2,000 foot aerial view, resulting in his most abstract works to date. The twisted lines and bold patches of color and texture create forms that are powerfully rich and painterly. Viewing these works conjures the energy of Abstract Expressionism, and the evocative styles of Kandinsky, Miro, and Dubuffet, as well as primitive art and cave drawings. Edward Burtynsky, Dryland Farming Until 10 December 2011 Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery 505 W 24th Street New York NY 10011
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