Lewis Baltz

American, 1945–2014

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Lewis Baltz

American, 1945–2014

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Lewis Baltz was a major figure among the New Topographics of the late 1970s, a group of photographers who aimed to offer a counterpoint to heroic representations of American landscapes. Baltz offered a more critical representation of contemporary American society, creating images of modern industry, suburbia, and systems of power and control. In 1975 he participated in a landmark exhibition, the “New Topographics”, with a series that focused on an industrial warehouse complex; in the ’80s he began working in large color prints. For “Candlestick Point” (1984–88), perhaps his most famous series, Baltz explored in detail an area south of San Francisco, between the airport and a ballpark, left desolate by human intervention, while in “Sites of Technology” (1989–92) he captured the pristine interiors of high-tech industries and government research centers.

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Biography

Lewis Baltz was a major figure among the New Topographics of the late 1970s, a group of photographers who aimed to offer a counterpoint to heroic representations of American landscapes. Baltz offered a more critical representation of contemporary American society, creating images of modern industry, suburbia, and systems of power and control. In 1975 he participated in a landmark exhibition, the “New Topographics”, with a series that focused on an industrial warehouse complex; in the ’80s he began working in large color prints. For “Candlestick Point” (1984–88), perhaps his most famous series, Baltz explored in detail an area south of San Francisco, between the airport and a ballpark, left desolate by human intervention, while in “Sites of Technology” (1989–92) he captured the pristine interiors of high-tech industries and government research centers.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 6 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial