The artist shows a metaphor for American culture across the landscape of the American West.

The first retrospective of photographer Robert Adams in Europe will be held in the Museo Nacional de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid.
Madrid - JAN 21, 2013

Where we live. A retrospective selection of photographs is the first major retrospective of Robert Adams in Europe. The exhibition, organized by the Yale University Art Gallery, in collaboration with the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, brings together the photographic legacy of Adams from the sixties until today to offer a comprehensive yet intimate look into the love affair of the photographer with this region of North America.

Robert Adams found in the American West the images that make up his vast photographic creation. Known as "the eye of the Far West", Adams is arguably the most unique and influential chronicler of the promised land of America. He photographed transforming rural areas of Colorado Springs and Denver in the mid-50s, concerned about the emergence of uncontrolled progress on such shows as The New West or Summer Night, with tract homes, freeways, shopping and service areas. The exhibition also shows a large number of monographs, indispensable in Adams’ creative practice. 

In total, the exhibition brings together more than 40 books and a selection of more than 300 black and white photographs, dated between 1964 and 2008. The photographic pieces are accompanied by texts written by the photographer himself, which reflect the author's artistic vision and a allow a closer look of one of the leading names in contemporary photography.

Adams has developed a photographic style known for its austerity and a particularly nuanced view. The exhibition reflects the close relationship established with the environment and the cultural context of the American Far West. A relationship based on the pursuit of light and beauty, surviving despite the complicated communication between humanity and nature.

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