San Francisco

Lewis Baltz

Grapestake Gallery

Since his “New Industrial Parks near Irvine, CA” series, Lewis Baltz’s work has grown more expansive in content and at the same time more impartial in description. “Industrial Parks” brought a formalist vision to photography; stark images displayed Minimalist or reductivist interests, immediately linking them to mainstream art concerns. However, in these pictures the photographer emphasized geometric structuring to the point that attitudes central to the panoramic and traditional landscape remained unexplored.

In the “Nevada” portfolio, 15 images shot in counties surrounding Reno, topographic information is approached with the same consideration for tonal value and detail that typified his earlier work. But “Nevada”’s vast horizontal bands of sky and land suggest the analytic vision that the 19th-century photographer/explorers brought to the Western landscape. In several panoramic views,

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