Lewis Baltz

Installation shot. From left to right:

Joe Deal
Untitled View (Alburquerque), 1975
Gelatin silver prints
34.9 x 34.9 cm each
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery,
Vancouver Art Gallery Acquisitions Fund

Lewis Baltz
Continuous Fire Polar Circle, 1985
Gelatin silver prints
20.3 x 25.4 cm  each
Collection of David Knaus

Carl Andre
36 Ace Zinc Square, 2007 Sculpture
Zinc
243 x 243 cm
Collection of Brigitte and Henning Freybe

Bernd and Hilla Becher
Hochofen Völklingen, Saarland, D, 1986/2003
Gelatin silver print
24.6 x 18 cm
Collection of Claudia Beck and Andrew Gruft

Lewis Baltz

Installation shot. From left to right:

Jeff Wall
Rock Surface, 2006
Gelatin silver prints
50.2 x 40.2 cm
Collection of Claudia Beck and Andrew Gruft

Carl Andre
36 Ace Zinc Square, 2007 Sculpture
Zinc
243 x 243 cm
Collection of Brigitte and Henning Freybe

Robert Adams
Tract House & Outdoor Theater, Colorado Springs, 1974/1981
Gelatine silver print
35.4 x 27.8 cm
Collection of Claudia Beck and Andrew Gruft
Lewis Baltz

Installation shot. From left to right:

Carl Andre
36 Ace Zinc Square, 2007 Sculpture
Zinc
243 x 243 cm
Collection of Brigitte and Henning Freybe

Bernd and Hilla Becher
Hochofen Völklingen, Saarland, D, 1986/2003
Gelatin silver print
24.6 x 18 cm
Collection of Claudia Beck and Andrew Gruft

Jeff Wall
Rock Surface, 2006
Gelatin silver prints
50.2 x 40.2 cm
Collection of Claudia Beck and Andrew Gruft

Lewis Baltz

Installation shot. From left to right:

Jeff Wall
Rock Surface, 2006
Gelatin silver prints
50.2 x 40.2 cm
Collection of Claudia Beck and Andrew Gruft

Carl Andre
36 Ace Zinc Square, 2007 Sculpture
Zinc
243 x 243 cm
Collection of Brigitte and Henning Freybe

Robert Adams
Tract House & Outdoor Theater, Colorado Springs, 1974/1981
Gelatine silver print
35.4 x 27.8 cm
Collection of Claudia Beck and Andrew Gruft
Lewis Baltz

Joe Deal
Untitled View (Alburquerque), 1975
Gelatin silver prints
34.9 x 34.9 cm each
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery,
Vancouver Art Gallery Acquisitions Fund

Lewis Baltz

Lewis Baltz
Houston A & B, 1972
Vintage silbergelatinabzug
20.3 x 25.4 cm each
Collection of David Knaus
Lewis Baltz

Installation shot. From left to right:

Joe Deal
Untitled View (Alburquerque), 1975
Gelatin silver prints
34.9 x 34.9 cm each
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery,
Vancouver Art Gallery Acquisitions Fund

Lewis Baltz
Houston A & B, 1972
Vintage silbergelatinabzug
20.3 x 25.4 cm each
Collection of David Knaus
Lewis Baltz

Lewis Baltz
Nevada, Element #1-15 , 1977
Gelatine silver prints
20.3 x 25.4 cm each
Collection of David Knaus
Lewis Baltz

Installation shot. From left to right:

Lewis Baltz
Houston A & B, 1972
Vintage silbergelatinabzug
20.3 x 25.4 cm each
Collection of David Knaus
Lewis Baltz
Nevada, Element #1-15 , 1977
Gelatine silver prints
20.3 x 25.4 cm each
Collection of David Knaus
Lewis Baltz

Installation shot. From left to right:

Lewis Baltz
Nevada, Element #1-15 , 1977
Gelatine silver prints
20.3 x 25.4 cm each
Collection of David Knaus
Lewis Baltz
Continuous Fire Polar Circle, 1985
Gelatin silver prints
20.3 x 25.4 cm each
Collection of David Knaus
Lewis Baltz

Lewis Baltz
Continuous Fire Polar Circle, 1985
Gelatin silver prints
20.3 x 25.4 cm each
Collection of David Knaus
Lewis Baltz

Installation shot. From left to right:

Lewis Baltz
Continuous Fire Polar Circle, 1985
Gelatin silver prints
20.3 x 25.4 cm each
Collection of David Knaus
Lewis Baltz
Near Reno, 1986
Gelatin silver prints
15.9 x 24.1 cm each
Collection of David Knaus
Lewis Baltz

Lewis Baltz
Near Reno, 1986
Gelatin silver prints
15.9 x 24.1 cm each
Collection of David Knaus
Lewis Baltz

Installation shot. From left to right:

Lewis Baltz
Fos Secteur 80, Element #1-21, 1987
Gelatin silver prints
20.3 x 25.4 cm each
Collection of David Knaus
Robert Adams
Tract House & Outdoor Theater, Colorado Springs, 1974/1981
Gelatine silver print
35.4 x 27.8 cm
Collection of Claudia Beck and Andrew Gruft
Lewis Baltz

Installation shot. From left to right:

Lewis Baltz
Fos Secteur 80, Element #1-21, 1987
Gelatin silver prints
20.3 x 25.4 cm each
Collection of David Knaus
Jeff Wall
Rock Surface, 2006
Gelatin silver prints
50.2 x 40.2 cm
Collection of Claudia Beck and Andrew Gruft

Lewis Baltz

Lewis Baltz
Fos Secteur 80, Element #1-21, 1987
Gelatin silver prints
20.3 x 25.4 cm each
Collection of David Knaus
Lewis Baltz

Lewis Baltz
Houston A & B, 1972
Vintage silbergelatinabzug
20.3 x 25.4 cm each
Collection of David Knaus
Lewis Baltz

Carl Andre
36 Ace Zinc Square, 2007 Sculpture
Zinc
243 x 243 cm
Collection of Brigitte and Henning Freybe
Lewis Baltz

Robert Adams
Tract House & Outdoor Theater, Colorado Springs, 1974/1981
Gelatine silver print
35.4 x 27.8 cm
Collection of Claudia Beck and Andrew Gruft
Lewis Baltz

Lewis Baltz
Fos Secteur 80, Element #1-21, 1987
Gelatin silver prints
20.3 x 25.4 cm each
Collection of David Knaus
Lewis Baltz

Lewis Baltz
Near Reno, 1986
Gelatin silver prints
15.9 x 24.1 cm each
Collection of David Knaus
Lewis Baltz

Lewis Baltz
Houston A & B, 1972
Vintage silbergelatinabzug
20.3 x 25.4 cm each
Collection of David Knaus
Lewis Baltz

Lewis Baltz
Nevada, Element #1-15 , 1977
Gelatine silver prints
20.3 x 25.4 cm each
Collection of David Knaus
Lewis Baltz

Carl Andre
36 Ace Zinc Square, 2007 Sculpture
Zinc
243 x 243 cm
Collection of Brigitte and Henning Freybe


March 4 - May 20

Drawn entirely from the private collection of David Knaus, Palm Springs, the exhibition is an opportunity to experience Baltz’s early work in its intended form, organized in grids of images from portfolios of serial shots. This will be the first solo exhibition of Lewis Baltz’s concept driven photography in Vancouver. At this time, we will also present a concise Selection from the Collection of Claudia Beck and Andrew Gruft to further explore the stark photographic mode that, along with Lewis Baltz, gained attention through the 1975 exhibition New Topographics.

Acclaimed for his serial investigations of the industrialized landscape, Lewis Baltz shot the America of the 70s and 80s with an objective cool that found its reductive method in the deliberate, formal approach of Minimalism. By serializing his images in grids, he has able to achieve a near cinematic experience. This deliberate shift from the individual shot was, at the time, a major innovation in the presentation of photography. Baltz’s art takes serious looking, moving from one small format image to the next, each as formally charged as the last. Every incident takes looking and digesting before we take on another, the sum accumulating in a complex take on that moment, that site. We are freed from the romantic revelry of the singular image, presented with the multifarious actuality of place.

The work of Lewis Baltz came to be widely known through the 1975 exhibition New Topographics, which was subtitled Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape. The exhibition had an enormous influence on the idea based projects of contemporary photographers. Selections from the Collection of Claudia Beck and Andrew Gruft will present works by New Topographic artists Robert Adams, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Joe Deal, and a contemporaneous diptych by Jeff Wall.

This exhibition has been made possible with the generous support of collectors David Knaus, Claudia Beck and Andrew Gruft, Theresa Luisotti and everybody at Gallerie Luisotti, Los Angeles, Griffin Art Foundation, and our dedicated board and staff.