Lewis Baltz

1945 born in Newport Beach California

1969 Bachelor of Fine Arts San Francisco Art Institute
1971 Master of Fine Arts Claremont Graduate School


1973, 1977 National Endowment for the Arts
1977 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship
1980 US-UK Bicentennial Exchange Fellowship
1991 Charles Pratt Memorial Award
2000 Visiting Artist American Academy Rome


2013 Albertina Vienna
2012 Kunstmuseum Bonn; Kestner Gesellschaft Hannover; Tate Modern London
2011 Galeri Mana Istambul; National Gallery of Art Washington
2010 The Art Institute of Chicago; Nevada Museum of Art Reno
2009 Triple Candie New York
2007 Museo Civico di Modena
2007 Kunstverein Bremerhaven
2003 Canadian Center for Architecture Montreal; Yale University Art Gallery
2002 Marburger Kunstverein Marburg
2001 Norton Simon Museum Pasadena
2000 Kunstverein Russelsheim
1998 Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles
1997 Winnipeg Art Gallery Manitoba
1995 Louisiana Museum of Modern Art Humlebaek Denmark
1993 Musee de la Ville de Paris
        Fotomuseum Winterthur
1992 Centre Pompidou Paris
        Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
1992 Los Angeles County Museum
1990 Des Moines Art Center Iowa
        Mills College Art Gallery Oakland
        Institute for Contemporary Art PS1 New York
1989 Gallery Min Tokyo
1988 Galerie Michele Chomette Paris
        Higashikawa-ku City Museum Japan
1987 Tokyo Institute of Polytechnics
1986 Newport Harbor Art Museum California
        Eaton/Shoen Gallery San Francisco
        Sierra Nevada Museum of Art Reno
1985 Victoria and Albert Museum London
        Werkstatt fur Photographie Berlin
        University of New Mexico Albuquerque
1984 University Art Museum UC Berkeley
        University of Victoria British Columbia
1983 Rhode Island School of Design Providence
1981 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
1980 Werkstatt fur Photographie Berlin
        Galerie Fiolet Amsterdam
1979 Nova Scottia College of Art and design Halifax
1978 Yarlow-Salzman Fine Arts Toronto
University of Nevada Reno
1976 Museum of Fine Arts Houston Texas
        The Corcoran Gallery of Art Washington DC
        Baltimore Museum of Art Maryland
        La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art California
        Galerie December Dusseldorf
1975 Philadelphia College of Art Pennsylvania
        University of New Mexico Albuquerque
1974 Corcoran Art Gallery Washington DC
1972International Museum of Photography George Eastman Rochester New York

1971-1973-1976-1981-1983-1985-1989-1991 Castelli Graphics New York
2004-2005-2007-2010-2011 Gallery Thomas Zander Koln

Lewis Baltz has participated in a number of exhibitions. A short selection:

2011 Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981, LA Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles. Photography Calling, Sprengel Museum Hannover. 2010 Steidel: Photographs into Books, La Monnaie Paris. 2009 Reality Revisited: Photography from the Moderna Museet Collection Stockholm. From Private to Public, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. 2008 Life is Stranger than Fiction, Albertina Viennat. Here is every: Four Decades vof Contemporary Art, MOMA New York 2007 Ingenuity, Fundacoa Calouste Gulbenkian Lisbon. Views of Water, Yokohama Musuem of Art. 2006 The Collectible Moment, Norton Simon Museum of Art Pasadena Ca. 2005 Trans Emilia, Fotomuseum Winterhur Switzerland. 2004 Evidence of Impact: Art and Photography 1963-1978 Whitney Museum of American Art New York. Ed Ruscha and Photography, Whitney Museum of American Art New York. 2001 Luogi come Paesaggi/Places as Landscapes II, Palazzo Reale Naples. 2000 Identificazione di un Paesaggio, Venezia Marghera Commune di Venezia Assesorato alla Cultura. Made in California, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Afterimage, Kunsthaus Zurich. 1999 The American Century in Photograph Phillips Collection Washington D.C.. Tomorrow Forever: Photography as Ruine Kunsthall Krems Austria and Museum Kuppersmuhle Duisburg Gernany. Views from the End of the World Marlborough Gallery New York. Construction or Reality Lillehammer Art Museum Norway. 1998 Icons: Bilder der Stadt Initiative Architecture Salzburg. Geschite(n) St Petri zu Lubeck Lubeck. Trash Museo di Arte Moderno e Contemporeana di Trento Italy. Scene of the Crime Armand Hammer Museum University of California Los Angeles. 1996 Homo Ecologicus Fundacio Juan Miro Barcelona. Reperages Institut Francais d’Architecture Paris. 1995 Ars 95 Atheneum Helsinki. Fotografie nach der Fotografie Aktionsforum Praterinsel Munich. Kunsthall Krems Austria. Brandenburgische Kunstsammlung Cottbus. Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia. 1994 La Ville Centre Georges Pompidou Paris. The Art of Seeing (Urban Space) Fondation pour l’Architecture Bruxelles. Continuous Fire Polar Circle /Manscape Henie Onstad Art Centre Oslo.
and many more…


1967-69 The Highway Series
1969-71 The Tract Houses
1969-71 The Public Places
1974-75 The New Industrial Parks near Irvine California
1974-75 Maryland
1977 Nevada
1978-80 Park City
1981-83 Saint Quentin Point
1985 The Canadian Series
1986 Continuous Fire Polar Circle
1986-87 Near Reno
1987 Fos Secteur 80
1987-88 Candlestick Point
1989-91 Sites of Technology
1992-95 Ronde de Nuit
1989-2000 Generic Night Cities
1999-2011 Venezia Marghera
1995-2011 Piazza Arnolfo di Cambio Colle Val d’Elsa

And others

See also BOOKS


Entitled “New Topographics: Photographies of a Man-Altered lanscape’ the exhibition held at the George Eastman house in Rochester NY in 1975 marked a new consciousness in the perception of the medium. The artists/photographers, among them Robert Adams, the Bechers, Frank Golke, Stephen Shore and Lewis Baltz, did shift the attention towards the banal in urban and suburban realities with a critical eye. Lewis Baltz did receive there an early recognition.

During the following years Baltz developed a series of works which broke up with a tradition of the photography of the West which had be running from the virgin territories recorded by Timothy O’Sullivan to the idealized nature as seen by Ansel Adams. Baltz focused upon sub urban housing developments, industrial parks, abandoned lots, wastelands… Presented in series, the black and white photos testify in a objective way of the damage caused by man upon his environment. Their apparent neutrality, their absence of any picturesque did show an affinity with the works of certain minimal and conceptual artists of the period, Donald Judd, Carl Andre, the first Frank Stella, Robert Smithson or with those of John Mclaughlin and Ed Ruscha, Baltz’s neighbours on the West Coast.

Moving to Europe in the mid 8os Baltz began exploring new themes and mediums. Surveillance, control and the muteness of high technologies were his main subjects. Color photography and video film were added to his repertoire. Larger formats and installations appeared. Site specific projects were implemented. The body of works of the artist to-day is impressively subvertive.

As the late French critic Bernard Lamarche Vadel wrote: “No doubt one must be the greatest and the last modern American photographer to elaborate the experience of the historical collapse on the internal edge of our societies where all the real questions are posed at last“.