• JAN 16 to MAY 20
    Solo Exhibition
    Robert Adams: el lugar donde vivimos. Una selección retrospectiva de fotografías


    • Solo Exhibition
    • Contemporary

    Dates and Opening hours

    JAN 16 to MAY 20, 2013

    •Monday to Saturday: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. •Sunday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. ( 2:30 - 7 p.m. Collection 1 and 2) •Tuesday: closed (including holidays) Ticket Offices close fifteen minutes before closing time. Visitors are kindly asked to clear the galleries 15 minutes before the Museum closes.

    Event Location

    Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía MNCARS

    52 Santa Isabel Street. 28012 Madrid

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    Robert Adams (Orange, New Jersey, 1937) has been described as one of the most singular and original chroniclers of the American West. Adams took up photography in the 1960s in an attempt to capture the rapid topographical changes he was witnessing in Denver, where he then lived. He has since developed, over his four decade-long career, a style known for its austerity and its particular, nuance-filled vision. This selection traces the long relationship in images between Robert Adams and life in the United States, a relationship based on the beauty of humanity and its communication with nature.

    The beginnings. 1964-1974
    The exhibition begins with early exploration to Robert Adams of rural and religious buildings in Colorado, where he lived and worked between 1962 and 1997 - in the series plains and Hispanic settlement late.
    Visit Sweden in 1968, his wife's native country Kerstin, which makes some of the photographs. He writes: "No billboards on highways, or TV ads, few residential areas ...". This trip serves to repair the relevance of urban interventions made by then along the Front Range of Colorado. The same year, first documented in the collection of photographs Eden, these commercial and residential structures to an expanding wild and glorious landscape.
    Below are selections from two series that gave him great recognition: The new west suburban development stark images of Colorado during the 1960s and early 1970s, which became known through his important book The New West ( 1974), and what we buy, on the city of Denver, where he spent his youth and much of his life. For these photographs, Adams explains that they "see what we've purchased, what we paid and what we could not buy. They document how we have moved away from ourselves and, consequently, the natural world that we declared love ".

    Its consolidation as a photographer. 1975-1989
    Adams was away in the seventies from his job as a university professor to pursue his work as a full time professional photographer. By then realizes projects and west of Missouri, a series of magnificent and epic views of the scenarios in which undertook the exploration of the American West in the nineteenth century, today marked by human intervention, and Ludlow, a small commemorative photographs mining community in the railway from Denver and Rio Grande, which survive only a few abandoned houses and a monument to the strikers killed by the Colorado militia.
    A more lyrical landscape depicted in the photographs of stormy skies and the plain of the Pawnee National Grassland, while deverano Nights captures the environment and residential developments silence after dark. In the same room, our parents, our children offers an intimate and captivating collection of portraits of people who lead their lives in the shadow of a nuclear processing plant nearby.
    Alamos, fruit of their reflection on the destruction of a tree to mark the construction of new homes, and Los Angeles Spring, representing a lush paradise drowned by violence and smog, are paradigmatic examples of the work of Adams for more four decades as They note visibly transforming the landscape of the American West. Moreover, Along some rivers, fragmentary views of rural and suburban landscapes of Colorado, evokes the sensory pleasures of walking.

    More recent work. 1990-2009
    Adams images are characterized not only by its austerity, precision and lightness, but also by a peculiar mixture of pain and hope. Undo the Pacific and his steps are two sets that explore, in the words of the photographer, "the promise and ruin" of the Pacific Northwest where he lives and works since 1997. Undo his steps, performed between 1999 and 2003, is manifestly a protest and as such, only in his career-against deforestation of the northwestern states of the Pacific coast.
    Towards the end of the exhibition are two series that allude, without leaving America, to distant places: these Iraq War, which arises from some tributes across the country made some victims of this conflict, and Bodhisattva, work on a fragment of a Buddhist sculpture of Gandhara (ancient region located in northern Pakistan and eastern Afghanistan). "Bodhisattva, a sage who has decided to continue participating in life to help others" is, according to Adams, "the representation of an ideal."

    Three series set in a row, Poplar, Pine Valley and alder leaves, portray the world of plants from very different viewpoints. Finally, sea stories, today, offers its famous views of the ocean, sometimes accompanied by seabirds or the warmth of the rising sun

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