Robert Adams: The Place We Live
Images: Burning oil sludge, north of Denver, Colorado, 1973-74; New tracts, west edge of Denver, Colorado, 1973-74; Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1969; North of Keota, Colorado, 1973; Quarried mesa top, Pueblo County, Colorado, 1978. All images by Robert Adams, courtesy Yale University Art Gallery, artgallery.yale.edu.
Photographer Robert Adams is featured in the Denver Art Museum exhibition Robert Adams: The Place We Live, A Retrospective Selection of Photographs (September 25, 2011 – January 1, 2012) which is in its final run before closing at the first of the new year.
Adams, a Colorado native, explores the depth of the natural landscape and how humans interact with it leaving their mark. His lens draws up a formality in his compositions yet allowing the subject breathe, particularly in his field of vision captured in expansive Rocky Mountain landscapes in communities and rural stretches of Colorado’s Front Range. His images allow viewers to consider the development of remote communities and locality in context for where people live, work, commute and pursue leisure.
Many of his black and white photographs date from the 1960s-80s when population size and sprawl was to a modest degree eclipsed by the rugged landscape. Organized by the Yale University Art Gallery’s Joshua Chuang, Assitant Curator of Photographs, and Jock Reynolds, the Henry J. Heinz II Director, Robert Adams: The Place We Live is a touring exhibition that is scheduled for its next open at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (March 11 – June 3, 2012).
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