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Lewis Baltz: Prototypes/Ronde de Nuit
March 20 – July 31, 2011
West Building, Ground Floor, Inner Tier Galleries G30 through G34

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: 83 photographs from the series Prototypes by Californian artist Lewis Baltz were shown together for the first time in this exhibition, which also included Ronde de Nuit (Night Watch), a mural-sized, 12-panel color work on loan from the Art Institute of Chicago. 2 prints by Richard Serra and sculptures by Donald Judd and Sol LeWitt, artists Baltz admired, also were included. The exhibition was drawn from the collection of the National Gallery of Art with loans from public and private collections in the United States.

Britt Salvesen, curator and head, Wallis Annenberg Photography Department and prints and drawings department, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, presented the lecture "Decoding Baltz's Prototypes" on June 5.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by The Art Institute of Chicago. Matthew S. Witkovsky, curator and chair, department of photography, Art Institute of Chicago, was the curator. Sarah Greenough, senior curator and head of the department of photographs, National Gallery of Art, was coordinator in Washington.

Sponsor: The exhibition was made possible in Washington through the support of the Trellis Fund.

Attendance: 57,429 (134 days)

Catalog: Lewis Baltz: The Prototype Works, by Lewis Baltz, with an essay by Matthew S. Witkovsky. Göttingen: Steidl and the Art Institute of Chicago, 2010.

Other Venues: Art Institute of Chicago, September 25, 2010–January 19, 2011

Image: Lewis Baltz, Monterey, 1967, gelatin silver print, The Art Institute of Chicago, Gift of Lewis Baltz, 1972.218

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Audio and Video

Decoding Baltz's Prototypes
Audio, Released: July 19, 2011, (44:44 minutes)
Lewis Baltz: Prototypes/Ronde de Nuit
Audio, Released: April 12, 2011, (51:53 minutes)
Press Event: Lewis Baltz: Prototypes/Ronde de Nuit
Audio, Released: March 15, 2011, (25:25 minutes)