ROBERT ADAMS

Born: Orange, NJ, 1937

Education: University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Ph.D.
University of Redlands, Redlands, CA, B.A.

Currently lives and works in Astoria, OR.

Selected One-Person Exhibitions:

2016
Robert Adams: Turning Back, Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME
Robert Adams: Around the House, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno

2015
Green/Gray: Photographs in the Los Angeles Basin, Matthew Marks Gallery, Los Angeles

2014
A Road Through Shore Pine, The Complete Books 1970-2014, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco (catalogue)

2013
A Place Apart: Colorado and the American West, Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO
The Question of Hope, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR (catalogue)

2012
On Any Given Day in Spring and Light Balances, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York (catalogue)

2011
Consolations: Prairie, Forest, Sea, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
Landscape with Path, The High Line, New York

2010
Summer Nights, Walking, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
Gone? Colorado in the 1980s, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
The Place We Live, Vancouver Art Gallery. Traveled to Denver Art Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Josef Albers Museum Quadrat, Bottrop, Germany; Jeu de Paume, Paris; and Fotomuseum Winterthur, Zürich (catalogue)

2009
Hasselblad Award Winner 2009, Hasselblad Center, Göteborg Museum of Art, Gothenburg, Sweden

2007
On the Edge, Foundation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris
Questions for an Overcast Day, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
Trees 1965–2005, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
Turning Back, A Photographical Journal of Re-exploration, Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, VT

2006
Two Landscapes, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

2005
Circa 1970, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
Turning Back, A Photographic Journal of Re-exploration, Haus der Kunst, Munich. Traveled to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ; Matthew Marks Gallery, New York; and Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, VT

2004
From the Missouri West, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ
The New West, Joseph Albers Museum, Bottrop, Germany

2003
No Small Journeys, Across Shopping Center Parking Lots, Down City Streets, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York (catalogue)

2002
What We Bought: The New World, Scenes from the Denver Metropolitan Area 1970-1974, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

2001
Sunlight, Solitude, Democracy, Home…, Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College Art Museum, Portland, OR
Places – People, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo
Reinventing the West, Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA
True West,, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX

2000
California: Views of the Los Angeles Basin 1978-1983 and What We Bought: The New World, Scenes from the Denver Metropolitan Area 1970-1974, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York. Traveled to the Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco (catalogue)

1998
To the Mouth of the Columbia, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ

1997
What We Bought: The New World, Scenes from the Denver Metropolitan Area, 1970-1974, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

1996
Our Lives and Our Children, Musée d'Arte Moderne de St. Etienne, St. Etienne, France

1995
West from the Columbia, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
What We Bought: The New World, Scenes from the Denver Metropolitan Area 1970-1974, Sprengel Museum Hannover, Germany

1994
Listening to the River, Sprengel Museum Hannover, Germany. Traveled to the Forum Stadtpark, Graz, Austria; Staatlich Kunstsammlungen, Dresden; Columbia College, Chicago; and Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

1993
At the End of the Colombia River, Denver Art Museum

1989
Philadelphia Museum of Art

1987
Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

1986
Denver Art Museum
California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA

1985
Summer Nights, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

1984
Our Lives and Our Children . . ., Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA

1983
Milwaukee Art Museum

1981
Philadelphia Museum of Art

1980
Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

1979
Prairie, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

1977
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

1976
St. John's College, Santa Fe, NM
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center


Selected Group Exhibitions:

2017
Home: American Photography at the Colorado University Art Museum, Boulder, CO
Autophoto, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris
The Grain of the Present, Pier 24, San Francisco
Urban Planning: Art and the City 1967-2017, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Saint Louis
NEBRASKA: Its Land, Its People, Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, NE

2016
The Poetics of Place: Contemporary Photographs from The Met Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Sublime. The Tremors of the World, Centre Pompidou-Metz, France
In Focus: Electric!, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

2015
Collected by Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Traveled to Centre Pompidou, Paris (catalogue)
HyperAmerica. Landscape - Image - Reality, Kunsthaus Graz, Austria (catalogue)
Land Meets Water: European and American Photography from 1860 to the Present, Artipelag, Gustavsberg, Sweden
Myth and Memory in Recent American Landscape Photography, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
Take One: Contemporary Photographs, Philadelphia Museum of Art
America Is Hard to See, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

2014
Exhibition of Work by Newly Elected Members and Recipients of Honors and Awards, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York
Intractable and Untamed: Documentary Photography around 1979, Museum Ludwig, Cologne

2013
Landmark: The Fields of Photography, Somerset House, London

2012
The Shaping of New Visions: Photography, Film, Photobook, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
True Stories: American Photography from the Sammlung Moderne Kunst, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
Number Three. From Home to the Factory. Works from the Centre National des Arts Plastiques, France, Virreina Centre de la Imatge, Barcelona

2011
Of Weeds and Wildness: Nature in Black & White, Mandeville Gallery, Union College, Schenectady, NY
Joe Deal and Views of the Altered Landscape, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle
Contemporary Landscape Photography, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland
Earth Now: American Photographers and the Environment, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM
Night Vision: Photography After Dark, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Photography Calling! Photography and the Present, Sprengel Museum Hannover, Germany
In Focus: The Sky, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles


2009
New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Traveled to Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam
Oceans, Rivers, and Skies: Ansel Adams, Robert Adams, and Alfred Stieglitz, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Into the Sunset: Photography’s Image of the American West, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

2006
Nothing and Everything: Drawing, Painting, Photography and Sculpture, 1896–2006, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
Twilight: Photography in the Magic Hour, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Ectopia: The Second ICP Triennial of Photography and Video, International Center of Photography, New York

2004
Wide Open Spaces, MoMA PS1, New York

2003
Cruel + Tender: The Real in the 20th Century Photograph, Tate Modern, London (catalogue)
Contemporary Photography from the Harn Museum Collection, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

2002
Regarding Landscape, Art Gallery of York University, Toronto. Traveled to the Koffler Gallery, Toronto; Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto; and The Saidye Bronfman Center for the Arts, Montreal
Visions from America: Photographs from The Whitney Museum of American Art, 1940-2001, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (catalogue)

2001
Tenth Anniversary Exhibition, 100 Drawings and Photographs, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York (catalogue)

2000
How You Look At It, Sprengel Museum Hannover, Germany
Open Ends: MoMA 2000, Seasons and Moments, The Museum of Modern Art, New York (catalogue)

1999
Pure Products of America: Photographs 1968-1978 by Robert Adams, Bill Owens and Henry Wessel, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

1998
Photographs at Princeton University: Celebrating 25 Years of Collecting and Teaching the History of Photography, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ

1997
Documenta X, Kassel (catalogue)
The View from Denver, Denver Art Museum
FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France

1996
Crossing the Frontier, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Perpetual Mirage, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

1995
Silent Witness (sponsored by the United Nations), various locations (catalogue)

1993
Critical Landscapes, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
Magicians of Light: Photographs from the Collection of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (catalogue). Traveled to the University Corporation of Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO
In Close Quarters: American Landscape Photography Since 1968, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ

1992
Robert Adams, Wim Wenders: Photographs of the American West, Amerika Haus, Berlin
Mehr als ein Bild, Sprengel Museum Hannover, Germany
A History of Oregon Photography, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

1991
Pleasures and Terrors of Domestic Comfort, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
The Kiss of Apollo, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco (catalogue)
Visions/Revisions, Denver Art Museum. Traveled to Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA

1990
The Indomitable Spirit, International Center of Photography, New York (catalogue)
Passages de l'Image, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris (catalogue)

1989
On the Art of Fixing a Shadow: 150 Years of Photography, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (catalogue)
Photography Until Now, The Museum of Modern Art, New York (catalogue)
Photography Now, Victoria and Albert Museum, London (catalogue)
Une Autre Objectivité, Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris (catalogue)
Decade by Decade, Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ (catalogue)
The Art of Photography: 1839-1989, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
The New American Landscape, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Picturing California, Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA (catalogue)
Night Light, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO (catalogue)

1987
Nuovo Paesaggio Americano, Museo Fortuny, Venice (catalogue)
American Photographs, 1930-1986, Art Institute of Chicago

1986
Artists in Mid-Career, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (catalogue)
Australian National Gallery, Canberra
Looking at the American Land, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH
Views and Visions, International Center of Photography, New York

1985
Robert Adams/Albert Renger-Patzsch, Kunstverein München, Munich

1984
Three Americans, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Automobile and Culture, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (catalogue)

1982
Slices of Time: California Landscapes, Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA

1981
American Landscapes, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (catalogue)

1977
Contemporary American Photographic Works, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

1976
Photography for Collectors, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

1975
14 American Photographers, Baltimore Museum of Art (catalogue)
New Topographics, George Eastman House, Rochester, NY

1973
Contemporary Photographs, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ
New Acquisitions, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Landscape/Cityscape, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

1971
Robert Adams/Emmet Gowin, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

1970
New Acquisitions, The Museum of Modern Art, New York



Television Programs & DVD Releases:

2007
Art21: Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 4, “Ecology”


Awards:

2009
Hasselblad Award, Gothenburg, Sweden

2006
Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, London

1995
Spectrum International Prize for Photography, Hannover

1994
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Award, Chicago

1987
Charles Pratt Memorial Award

1982
Peer Award from The Friends of Photography, San Francisco

1980
Guggenheim Fellowship, New York

1979
Colorado Governor's Award in the Arts, Denver


1978
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Washington, D.C.

1975
Award of Merit, American Association of State and Local History, Nashville, TN

1973
Guggenheim Fellowship, New York
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Washington, D.C.