Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Seismic Shift - Lewis Baltz, Joe Deal and California Landscape Photography, 1944-1984

In less than two generations, Ansel Adams to Lewis Baltz, California artists redefined landscape photography in America. This exhibition, which opens October 1st, at University of California, California Museum of Photography, proposes to show how.

In the 1970s and early 1980s, Joe Deal and Lewis Baltz crossed paths at the University of California, Riverside (UCR), and the UCR/ California Museum of Photography. This was the period when the exhibition New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape, which included both photographers, announced the arrival of a radical new aesthetic in landscape. Though the show originated in Rochester, NY, its origins lay significantly in Southern California, and its effect was to shift the epicenter of landscape photography from Northern California to the SoCal region.

Seismic Shift will illuminate the far-reaching consequences of this revolution in landscape photography by tracing its regional history. Beginning with Ansel Adams and Edward Weston—and with the 1946 arrival in San Francisco of Minor White, who would extend the Weston-Adams tradition by transforming it—the exhibition will follow the history in the 1950s and 1960s through the careers of Wynn Bullock, Brett Weston and many others. Then it will examine how the 1970s work of Baltz, Deal, Robert Adams and Henry Wessel—the Western contingent of the New Topographics—created a shock of recognition, an awakening to mutual ideas different from those of their predecessors, that a younger generation of photographers shared. Portfolios of the period, one done by a class Baltz taught at UCR, will demonstrate the immediacy that these ideas had.

October 1st - December 31st
UCR CMP 3824 Main St, Riverside, CA 92501, USA

You can get the catalogue HERE

The photograph: © Lewis Baltz, New Industrial Parks #23, from the portfolio, New Industrial Parks Near Irvine, California, 1974

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