Lewis Baltz


Lewis "Duke" Baltz (September 12, 1945 – November 22, 2014) was an American visual artist, photographer, and educator. He was an important figure in the New Topographics movement of the late 1970s. His best known work was monochrome photography of suburban landscapes and industrial parks which highlighted his commentary of void within the "American Dream".

He wrote for many journals, and contributed regularly to L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui.

Baltz's work is held in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tate Modern, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

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American artist known for his photographic works acquired a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Claremont Graduate School. He was included in the influential “New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-altered Landscape,” exhibition at the George Eastman House in 1975.

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Artist, lecturer, photographer

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Lewis Baltz

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