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Piazza Pugliesi

A work made of silver dye-bleach print, from the series "italian night color work".

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  • A work made of silver dye-bleach print, from the series "italian night color work".


1991, printed 2006


Lewis Baltz
American, 1945-2014

About this artwork

The European architectural views by Lewis Baltz, made around 1990, differ strikingly from the bleak landscapes that cemented his reputation in the mid-1970s, when he emerged as part of the New Topographics movement. These more recent works introduce an off-center vantage point, color, great size, and an emphatic sense of time’s passage, evident in the form of blurred taillights and other atmospheric inclusions. Motivating these changes was Baltz’s growing interest in public space as regulated by private development and governmental control: for example, the proliferation of outdoor surveillance cameras (the elevated view here mimics that seen through such devices). Piazza Pugliesi—a place that does not exist under that name but could be located in Puglia or somewhere else in Southern Italy—offers a model view of a denatured terrain.


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Lewis Baltz


Piazza Pugliesi


United States (Artist's nationality)


Made 1991


Silver dye-bleach print, from the series "Italian Night Color Work"


243.9 × 127 cm (96 × 50 in.)

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Gift of Michael Rubel

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