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Corona del Mar

A work made of gelatin silver print.
© 1971 Lewis Baltz.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.

Date:

1971

Artist:

Lewis Baltz
American, 1945-2014

About this artwork

During and directly after his student years, Lewis Baltz made what he called Prototypes, photographs of recent residential and commercial “subarchitecture” in his home state of California. They are among the earliest artworks to show the fascinating, disturbing transformation of the American landscape into an unending terrain of anonymous buildings; they are also among the first photographs to seek the starkly reductive forms of Minimalist and Post-Minimalist art “out in the world.” Corona del Mar is nearly devoid of shadows, making the image appear as shallow as the paper on which it is printed. Baltz emphasized this congruence by mounting the photograph onto board and rimming the perimeter with India ink. The Prototype Works isolate objects in the built environment and ask to be apprehended as image-objects in their own right.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Photography and Media

Artist

Lewis Baltz

Title

Corona del Mar

Date

Made 1971

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions

14.8 × 21.1 cm (image/paper); 27.7 × 27.8 (mount)

Credit Line

The Mary and Leigh Block Endowment Fund

Reference Number

2009.643

Copyright

© 1971 Lewis Baltz.

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