A new exhibit at Shelburne Museum features the legendary American wilderness photography of Ansel Adams contrasted with Edward Burtynsky’s contemporary images of global industrialization. Ansel Adams and Edward Burtynsky: Constructed Landscapes includes over 60 extraordinary photographs and is the museum’s first exhibit of photography. The exhibit opens on Saturday, June 19.
“Constructed Landscapes offers visitors two powerful artistic perspectives of the landscape. Ansel Adams’ iconic 20th-century work presents seemingly undisturbed nature in black and white. Edward Burtynsky’s photographs capture the industrialized world in striking color. Both are beautiful and provocative -- in dramatically different ways. Both offer a timely reminder of the consequence of human impact on the planet,” Jost said.
Ansel Adams (1902-1984) helped define the North American landscape for the public during his long and productive career. Born and raised in San Francisco, he is best known for his work in Yosemite National Park and California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. He was an active leader of the Sierra Club, an advocate for the cause of conservation and knew many of the great artists of his day.
Burtynsky (b. 1955), who is Canadian, has traveled the globe photographing quarries, oil fields, rail cuts, extraction mines, recycling plants, shipbuilding yards and ship-breaking areas.
All the photographs featured in Constructed Landscapes are on loan from museums, galleries, and private collections throughout the U.S. and Canada. Several have never before been publicly exhibited, including scenes of granite quarries in Barre, Vermont, which Burtynsky photographed in the early 1990s.
About Shelburne Museum: Shelburne Museum is one of the finest, most diverse and unconventional museums of art, design and Americana. Over 150,000 works are exhibited in a remarkable setting of 39 exhibition buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the museum grounds. The museum’s collection includes works by the great Impressionists Claude Monet, Edouard Manet and Edgar Degas as well as a prized collection of folk art including trade signs, weathervanes and quilts. The museum is open daily through October 24.
(Above) Winter Sunrise, Sierra Nevada from Lone Pine, Calif., 1944. Photograph by Ansel Adams. Collection Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona © The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust. On loan from Lynn and Page Stegner.
Edward Burtynsky, (b. 1955), Tailings #30, Sudbury, Ontario, 1996. Image copyright Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Hasted Hunt Kraeutler, New York / Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto. On loan from the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum.
Source: Shelburne Museum Vermont. 6.7.2010