Lewis Baltz with works by Carl Andre and Charlotte Posenenske at Stills: Centre for Photography, Edinburgh, Scotland
April 30 – July 9, 2016
Lewis Baltz (1945-2014) has a reputation as one of the most significant and influential artists of the second half of the twentieth century. He revolutionized art photography and reinvigorated the genre of American landscape photography starting with serial works such as The Prototype Works (1967-76) and The Tract Houses (1969-71). Baltz was a prominent figure in the so-called ‘New Topographics’ movement that was seminal in the development of conceptual photography. He considered his interests to be akin to those of other artist contemporaries such as Carl Andre, Donald Judd, Charlotte Posenenske, Frank Stella or Sol LeWitt.
“Photography as such is not necessarily interesting. It’s interesting as an art medium where it can intersect with other aesthetic and social questions.” (Lewis Baltz, 2012)
The exhibition focuses on three of Lewis Baltz’s most celebrated series of works: The Prototype Works, Park City
and Candlestick Point
In addition, it presents an installation and works on paper by Carl Andre and a sculpture by Charlotte Posenenske to emphasize the affinity that Baltz felt between his work and that of his artist peers.
The exhibition has been conceived as the first solo presentation of Lewis Baltz’s work in Scotland and is presented at Stills, the only dedicated photography gallery in Scotland’s capital city.
A limited edition book « Lewis Baltz with works by Carl Andre and Charlotte Posenenske » was published by Montabonel & Partners for Alaska Editions in May, with an introduction by Ben Harman and essays by Sebastien Montabonel: Lewis Baltz, Photography and the Establishment and Nicolas de Oliveira and Nicola Oxley: A Staircase to Infinity: Medium, Seriality, and Space in the work of Lewis Baltz.
About the Exhibition Curators:
has been Director of Stills since 2014 and prior to that he was Curator of Contemporary Art for Glasgow Museums. He has been curating and organising exhibitions for galleries and museums for over 20 years.
is the founder of the independent art consultancy firm Montabonel & Partners
and former European Senior Specialist in Contemporary Photography at Phillips (formerly known as Phillips de Pury). His recent projects include the major exhibition Going Public: International Art Collectors in Sheffield
and the European Summit: How can public art institutions unlock the potential of philanthropy?
Stills: Centre for Photography
23 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh EH1 1BP