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It’s going to be epoch

August 10th, 2018

A photo of a series of wooden rafts floating in green water

Edward Burtynsky, Saw Mills #1, Lagos, Nigeria, 2016. Inkjet print, 58 ½ x 78 inches. Pigment inkjet print, 58 ½ x 78 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto. © Edward Burtynsky, 2017

Spanning six continents and 20 countries, from the concrete seawalls off the coast of China to marble quarries in Italy, from landfills in Nairobi to logging sites in British Columbia, Anthropocene touches down in Toronto this fall.

This incredible investigative journey – captured in stunning large scale photographs, films and augmented reality by Canadian artists Edward Burtynsky, Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier – opens at the AGO on September 28. Timed-entry tickets for Anthropocene go on sale to the public on September 14, 2018. Buy your tickets online at AGO.ca, in person or by phone.

Featuring more than 50 extraordinary works that reveal many ways humans are transforming the planet, the exhibition brings to life an idea that scientists around the world are debating – that we have entered a new geological epoch, one defined by human impact on the Earth. The name of this proposed epoch is Anthropocene.

An intimate and dynamic portrait of how humans are shaping the planet, Anthropocene is the first exhibition ever to be presented simultaneously at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto and the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. This speaks to the urgent, timely nature of the subject. And recently announced, the world premiere of the project’s documentary will be at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

Stay tuned for more details about this remarkable exhibition. In the meantime, here’s a taste of some of the striking images coming soon to the AGO.

Edward Burtynsky, Coal Mine #1, North Rhine, Westphalia, Germany, 2105. Pigment inkjet print, 58 ½ x 78 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto. © Edward Burtynsky, 2017.

Edward Burtynsky, Phosphor Tailings Pond #4, Near Lakeland, Florida, USA 2012Pigment inkjet print, 58 ½ x 78 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto. © Edward Burtynsky, 2017

A colorful Lithium mine field in a vast plain in Chile.

Edward Burtynsky, Lithium Mines #1, Salt Flats, Atacama Desert, Chile, 2017. Pigment inkjet print, 58 ½ x 78 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto. © Edward Burtynsky, 2017

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