This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features a rare interview with Robert Adams.
Throughout Robert Adams’s career, he has taken and published photographs of single trees. From “The New West” (1968-71) onward, almost every Adams series that focuses on landscape includes at least one photograph of a wonderful tree. As best I can tell, this is the first one. Adams and I discuss these single, solitary trees on this week’s show.
Adams may be the greatest living American photographer. In the 1960s and 1970s he brought a new sensibility to photographing the most classic subject in American art, the land. By emphasizing man’s impact on Colorado and its suburbs in series such as “The New West” and “What We Bought,” Adams helped pioneer art that addressed our impact on the landscape and on the Earth. A major retrospective of his 46-year career is on view at the Yale University Art Gallery. Titled “The Place We Live,” it’s on view through October 28.
Image: Robert Adams, Colorado Springs, Colorado, from the series “The New West”, 1968-71. Collection of the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.