LEWIS BALTZ RESEARCH FUND
© Succession Lewis Baltz
BY SUPPORTING YOUNG TALENTED ARTISTS, THE LEWIS BALTZ RESEARCH FUND PURSUES THE COMMITMENT AND THINKING OF LEWIS BALTZ. HE WAS ALSO HIGHLY SENSITIVE TO THE FACT THAT THE CREATION OF ANY REAL ART FORM IS SUSTAINED BY THE SHARP AND THOROUGH VISION OF THE WORLD WE LIVE IN — "USING FACTS, TO CREATE FICTIONS, THAT REVEAL TRUTHS" (L.B).
The Lewis Baltz Research Fund was established in 2015 to honor the vision and memory of the American artist Lewis Baltz. The LBRF involves the annual grant of a substantial fund to support the creation, completion and dissemination of a project in any artistic medium, encompassing, but not limited to, anything from academic research to book publication, performance or installation art, video or film production to experimental digital work. The intention is to support projects reflecting the intellectual rigor of Lewis Baltz’s conceptual practice which also succeeded in propounding a significant connection to social and political issues. The recipients are selected by the Lewis Baltz Research Fund Committee, composed by the sponsor Mark McCain, galerists Theresa Luisotti and Thomas Zander, artist Slavica Perkovic, editor Michael Mack, co-director of LE BAL Diane Dufour. Operated by LE BAL, the Lewis Baltz Research Fund has been created by the generous support of the Artworkers Retirement Society..
About Lewis Baltz
Lewis Baltz was born in Newport, California. At the end of the 60s he began to use photography to describe a world that was increasingly mass produced and impersonal. His images of American industrial parks urban sprawl became landmarks of postwar art, mixing documentary with the strategies of conceptualism. Moving to Europe at the end of the 80s, Baltz responded to the new globalised world of electronic data, corporate architecture and precarious labor, expanding his approach to include video, image/text and installations. Lewis Baltz held various teaching positions and professorships and his works have been featured in numerous international solo and group exhibitions, including New Topographics at George Eastman House 1975, the 1977 Biennal Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, in New York, the PS1 Museum, in New York in 1991, the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010, the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC in 2011, the Kunstmuseum Bonn and the Kestnergesellschaft Hannover in Germany in 2012, the Albertina in Vienna in 2013 and at LE BAL in Paris in 2014. Two exhibitions were dedicated to the artist, at the MAPFRE in Spain in 2016, and the Grand-Hornu in 2017 in Belgium.