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Lewis Baltz

P.S.1 Museum / Castelli Graphics

Lewis Baltz’s photographs are disquieting in their combination of espoused politics and Minimalist cool. This comes across more clearly in the work in the retrospective at P.S. 1, than it does in the more recent work shown at Castelli Graphics. The works at P.S. I employ a detached Minimalist perspective to depict a world of escalating ecological abuse that one would expect to elicit horror. The images themselves are clear enough; plowed-up topsoil can only hint at its former lushness, and details of tract housing evidence the cost to all those who must pay too dear an ecological (and esthetic) price for the small comforts they provide. In short, these images are blandly anonymous representations of everyday offenses.

The 102 small, unframed, black and white photos in the series Park City, 1980, that document the construction of the ski resort of Park City, Utah, focus on both the dreary

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