Posted on November 3rd, 2010 by .

Montreal is lucky to have a great Edward Burtynsky show on now at Art 45.  I love his work. His photos are truly relevant. They are shocking to us as we gaze at beautiful seas, shining like satin – under a cover of black oil or at a large boat, dwarfed by an enormous expanse of slick sea. Organized by the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, Burtynsky’s series, called appropriately Oil, is on a world tour. Hopefully his heart-wrenching renderings of the recent catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico will act as a wake-up call for those responsible for this toxic industry – on which we are all so dependent.

I loved the way his images both attract and repel – viscous substances roiling under a boat’s hull.  The series is the latest installment in his decade-long exploration of our environment.  Others include the disappearing marble quarries in India and Vermont, and the Pakistan graveyard of dismantled ships.

Edward Burtynsky’s photographs are now even more in demand.  He was just awarded the $20,000 Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art Award from Toronto’s MOCCA. He is one of Canada’s most renowned contemporary photographers, with works in the collections of such important art institutions as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, the National Gallery of Canada, the National Gallery in Washington and London’s Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Until November 13, 2010

Art 45

372 Ste-Catherine Street West

# 220

(514) 816 9711

Celebrate your purchase of such a gorgeous image.

Treat yourself to lunch (or dinner) just around the corner.

The elegant French bistrot is often full of fashionistas as well as corporate types, and fabulously delicious!

Restaurant Julien


1191 McGill

Weekdays 11:30 – 3:00 and dinners 5:30 – 10

Saturday 5:30 – 10 pm

Remember to call and make a reservation!  Montrealers love it, so you want to make sure you get a seat.

The moules (mussels) from Canada’s Prince Edward Island are a must, as are the octopus  entrée, the vegetarian pot au feu, and either the bitter chocolate or the lemon tart –or both !

Métro:  McGill

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