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- Lewis Baltz WORKS
This much anticipated edition is one of the publishing phenomena of the year, encompassing the oeuvre of one of the most significant artists working with photography in the twentieth century.
Limited to 1,100 copies each signed and numbered by Lewis Baltz, this edition contains ten hardback, linen bound volumes, housed in an embossed slipcase.
WORKS celebrates Lewis Baltz’s indelible influence on the development of contemporary photography and contains reissues of Baltz’s most significant books, many of which are now collectible rarities, as well as four as yet unpublished projects. Each of the books has been crafted in close collaboration with Baltz, who oversaw each stage of production with Gerhard Steidl. From scanning of the vintage prints, to book design, selection of paper and binding materials, pre-press and printing, Baltz has shaped the form and aesthetic of these publications. Printed in luminous quadratone, WORKS is a testament to the importance of the book as a primary medium in Baltz’s practice.
“Baltz’s work exemplifies the ways in which photography, beginning some four decades ago, started to loose the bonds of its isolation within its own segregated history and aesthetics and began to take its place as an equal among other media.” Adam D. Weinberg, Alice Pratt Brown Director, Whitney Museum of American Art.
- The new Industrial Parks near Irvine, California
- In the late 1960s and early 1970s Lewis Baltz became fascinated by the stark, repellent, man-made landscape that was rolling over California's then still-agrarian terrain. Baltz made a number of projects on this subject, the best known, The new Industrial Parks near Irvine, California was published as a limited edition book by Leo Castelli in 1974.
Many religions share the myth of the Golden Age, according to which man originally lived happily in the magic garden. In the Islamic religion, the paradise (Al Janna) is a magnificent garden in which the believers can experience every pleasure. The Bible uses the Persian word Paridaeza to describe the place of delights (in Hebrew: Eden).
Is the earthly paradise simply a religious image consumed by today's dealers in utopia? Paradise has numerous facets: ethical, sociological, anthropological, aesthetic.
After the worldwide success of Strip, more than 100 international photographers have responded to the editors' invitation to show their vision of Paradise. The work collected here acts as an up-to-the-minute survey of contemporary photography worldwide.
Photographers whose work is featured include Marc Atlan, Lewis Baltz, Barnaby & Scott, Ola Bergengren, Orion Best, Simon Emmett, Les Guzman, Alexei Hay, Steve Hiett, Noritoshi Hirakawa, Majida Khattari, Hervé Lafond, Marcus Mam, Pierre Paradis, Jeff Riedel, Philippe Starck/Michel Mallard, Magdi Senadji, Solve Sundsbo, Alexi Tan, Ichiro Tanida, Marcus Tomlinson, Eric Traoré, Donna Trope, Anti Wendel and others.
- Ed Ruscha and Photography
- Ed Ruscha and Photography thoroughly traces Ruscha’s engagement with photography, and reveals how his photographic works shed light on his career as a whole. Ruscha’s photographic books had a profound influence on the emergence of conceptual art in the 1960s and 1970s and on the work of contemporary artists and photographers, including American artists Lewis Baltz, Dan Graham, and Robert Venturi, and German photographers Thomas Struth and Andreas Gursky.
- New Topographics
- This book is dedicated to the exhibition New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape, held in 1975 at the International Museum of Photography, demonstrates both the historical significance of the show and its continued relevance in today’s culture.
- Concentric Circles, A Chronicle of Steidl Publishers
- “Gerhard’s like a Communist. You have to go into the salt mines with him. If you’re willing to go there then you’re like brothers in arms and he’ll do what needs be.” Robert Polidori
- Reality Revisited Photographs from the Moderna Museet Collection
- Moderna Museet’s collection of photography encompasses some 100,000 photographs from the 1840s up to the present and is one of the finest photography collections in Europe. The collection has been largely undocumented, hence to publish a series of five books of different parts of the collection is planned.
- Prototype Works
- Beginning in 1965, but especially in the years between 1967 and 1971, Lewis Baltz made a body of work concentrated on the dialectic between simple, regular geometric forms found in the postwar industrial landscape, and the culture that generated such forms. Stucco walls, parking lots, the sides of warehouse sheds or disused billboards baked in the steady Californian sunlight. Baltz called his works “Prototypes,” by which he meant replicable social conventions as well as model structures of replicable manufacture.
- Venezia Marghera
- “The only remarkable thing about Marghera is her proximity to Venice. Otherwise Marghera is just another episode in the deindustrialization of Western Europe. Marghera sells aluminum, chemicals, petroleum and ships, and business has declined steadily since 1960. Venice sells herself, and her fragile, crepuscular beauty, and trade has been brisk for centuries.” Lewis Baltz