Scenic Sprawl

Robert Adams was teaching English at Colorado College in the early 1960s when he met Myron Wood, who taught him the basics of photography. But instead of taking the traditional approach of focusing on scenic beauty, Adams began capturing the ugliness of suburban sprawl — and it made him famous.

“Robert Adams is the most internationally acclaimed artist to have lived and worked in Colorado,” says Eric Paddock, the Denver Art Museum’s curator of photography. “And I think it’s both appropriate and necessary to exhibit his work to a Front Range audience. Adams spent over 45 years struggling to make sense of the same social and environmental issues that confront Westerners today, and his photographs reflect both his love and concern for our corner of the universe. Besides, a lot of them are just plain beautiful.”

The career retrospective,Robert Adams: The Place We Live, organized by the Yale University Art Gallery — which owns a complete collection of his prints — opens at the DAM, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway, today at 10 a.m. with a member preview on the first level of the Hamilton. Paddock will be in attendance, along with Yale’s Joshua Chuang. The show stays up through the end of the year. Call 720-913-0130 or go to for additional details.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Sept. 25. Continues through Jan. 1, 2011


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