In the 1970s Lewis Baltz revolutionized fine-art landscape photography with motifs that had previously not been thought worth depicting, such as deserted industrial buildings, suburban housing developments, and devastated peripheries. In formally rigid photographs he has defamiliarized architectural motifs to such an extent that they turn into almost abstract forms and surfaces. This utterly precise language of form demonstrates the influence of Minimal Art on his work, while contenwise Baltz’s mostly black and white photographs can be connected to Conceptual Art and Land Art. Further excellent works by such artists as Robert Smithson, Ed Ruscha, Bernd & Hilla Becher, and Donald Judd will visualize artistic influences that proved to be crucial for Lewis Baltz’s work. ALBERTINA, March 1st to Jun 2nd, 2013.

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