Lewis Baltz

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Lewis Baltz

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This comprehensive book accompanies the first large retrospective exhibition of Lewis Baltz’s work following his passing in 2014. Lewis Baltz explores the artist’s oeuvre as a complex whole of interrelated series, from his first “Prototypes” and “The Tract Houses” to “Park City,” “San Quentin Point,” and “Candlestick Point” through to “New Sites of Technology” and “Venezia Marghera,” all published by Steidl. The book simultaneously locates Baltz’s work in the context of photography and contemporary art since the 1970s, to fully examine his significant influence and legacy.

Baltz is one of the most prominent representatives of the New Topographics movement, which was seminal to the development of conceptual photography. His photo series document the impact of industrial civilization on the landscape, focusing on places outside the bounds of canonical reception: urban wastelands, abandoned industrial sites, warehouses. His photographs uncover the correspondences between everyday spatial forms and the more advanced forms found in art. Baltz’s strategies reflect a deep knowledge of the history of photography and present the photographer as a teacher of seeing who visualizes the world in reductive, often ironic, gestures.

… photography, which really isn’t all that simple, has always been for me the most direct and most automatic and most uninflected way of making a visual notation of something. Lewis Baltz

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Weight 2066 g
Dimensions 26.7 x 24.5 cm
Publisher name Steidl
Publication date 8 May 2017
Number of pages 332
Format Hardback
Dimensions 26.7 x 24.5 cm
Weight 2066 g
Lewis Baltz (1945-2014) was born in Newport Beach, California, where he grew up. He graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1969 and received a Master's degree from Claremont Graduate School in 1971. Apart from the definitive exhibition "New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape," Baltz's work has been shown in about 50 solo exhibitions and featured in 17 monographs. It now forms part of the permanent collections of the Guggenheim Museum, Tate Modern, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, to name but a few. In 2013, Baltz donated his archive to the Getty Research Institute. He lived, taught and photographed in Europe from the mid-1980s, splitting his time between Paris and Venice. Steidl's Baltz books include Candlestick Point (2011), The Prototype Works (2011) and WORKS - Last Edition (2015).