Stills Centre for Photography – Edinburgh, Scotland (April – July 2016)
This exhibition was a collaboration with Stills Centre for Photography, Edinburgh, Scotland. Established forty years ago, Stills has been a highly active and well regarded regional gallery that promotes the role of photography. The collaboration brought together important museum-quality works by seminal artists that critically expanded the remit of photography. In line with the foundation’s purpose to enhance the efficacy and understanding of art institutions, the project highlighted unexplored narratives in the work of Lewis Baltz – arguably one the most significant and influential artists of the second half of the twentieth century. The display focused on three of Baltz’s most celebrated series of works and presented them alongside sculptures by artists Carl Andre and Charlotte Posenenske to emphasise the Baltz’s affinity to practices beyond photography. The exhibition was co-curated by Ben Harman, director of Stills, and Sébastien Montabonel.
Lewis Baltz was an artist, writer and teacher and a key figure from a generation of artists that forged a new tradition of American landscape photography in the second half of the 20th century. He is best known for his ground-breaking photographic series that document the overlooked effects of industrial civilization on the landscape, focusing on places such as new housing developments, urban wastelands, abandoned industrial sites and warehouses. Included in the exhibition were works from several of his seminal series: The Prototype Works (1967-76), Park City (1979) and Candlestick Point (1987-89). Baltz’s photographs were included in the landmark exhibition New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-altered Landscape at George Eastman House, Rochester, New York in 1975. His work is represented in major collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Modern, London, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.