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From Extraction To Consumption: Oil, An Exhibition By Edward Burtynsky

Shipbreaking, Chittagong, Bangladesh, 2000

From oilfields to expressways, from Canada to Los Angeles and to the Middle East, the acclaimed photographer Edward Burtynsky's obsession with oil has taken him from extraction to production to consumption. In this exhibition, running until 28 November 2009, Burtynsky tracks this controversial, valuable and increasingly scarce resource. The New York gallery at Hasted Hunt Kraeutler is hosting the exhibition and it is presented in conjunction with the publication of the artist's new monograph, Edward Burtynsky: Oil (Steidl 2009), and a major museum show at The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC, which will run at the same time.

Edward Burtynsky Oil: Highway #1, Los Angeles, California, USA, 2003 Edward Burtynsky Oil: SOCAR Oil Fields #6, Baku, Azerbaijan, 2006 Edward Burtynsky Oil: SOCAR Oil Fields #3, Baku, Azerbaijan, 2006 Edward Burtynsky Oil: Oil Refineries #23, Oakville, Ontario, Canada 1999 Edward Burtynsky Oil: Alberta Oil Sands #6, Fort McMurray, Alberta 2007
Edward Burtynsky Oil: Oil Fields #19a & #19b, Belridge California 2003 Edward Burtynsky Oil: Nanpu Bridge Interchange, Shanghai, China, 2004 Edward Burtynsky Oil: Breezewood, Pennsylvania 2008 Edward Burtynsky Oil: Surburbs #1, North Las Vegas, Nevada 2007 Edward Burtynsky Oil: Kiss Concert Parking Area, Sturgis, South Dakota 2008
Edward Burtynsky Oil: AMARC #5, Davis-Monthan AFB, Tucson, Arizona 2006 Edward Burtynsky Oil: Oxford Tire Pile #8, Westley, California, USA 1999 Edward Burtynsky Oil: Auto Wreckers #1, Tucson, Arizona, 2006 Edward Burtynsky Oil: Shipbreaking #13, Chittagong, Bangladesh 2000 Edward Burtynsky Oil: Recycling #10, Chittagong, Bangladesh 2001

This piece originally appeared in The Guardian.

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