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Baltz photographs on view at Art Museum, through Jan. 19

The exhibition "Lewis Baltz: 'Nevada' and Other Photographs," is on view from Sept. 14 through Jan. 19, 2003, at the University Art Museum. Highlighting a significant recent acquisition of work by the American photographer, the exhibition includes a complete edition of Baltz's 1978 portfolio "Nevada," as well as selections from two other projects, "The New Industrial Parks Near Irvine, California" and "Candlestick Point."

Born in 1945, Baltz came to prominence through the 1975 exhibition "New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-altered Landscape," which recognized a shift in landscape photography away from a heroic vision of the American wilderness toward the often banal character of a growing suburbia, notes Toby Jurovics, associate curator of photography, who organized the Baltz exhibition. Several of Baltz's photographs in "New Topographics" are on display, consisting of images of an industrial warehouse complex in Southern California.

In "Nevada," Baltz traced the incursion of housing developments into the desert valleys surrounding Reno, Nevada, alternating panoramic views of the horizon with photographs of construction sites, trailer parks, and city streets to show an open landscape being devoured. "Nevada" was the first step toward a pictorial methodology of intensely detailed mapping that Baltz explored over the next decade, culminating in "Candlestick Point." Photographed between 1984 through 1988, the series depicts a landscape scraped bare of almost all natural references, pinned between the airport and the ballpark south of San Francisco. Nine photographs are on view from this project.

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Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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