On the Wall This Month: Robert Adams's New Topographics

Highway
All images appearing in Robert Adams: The Place We Live (Denver Art Museum)Robert Adams, courtesy Yale University Art Gallery, purchased with a gift from Saundra B. Lane, a grant from the Trellis Fund and the Janet and Simeon Braguin Fund
Smoke
On the wallRobert Adams, courtesy Yale University Art Gallery, purchased with a gift from Saundra B. Lane, a grant from the Trellis Fund and the Janet and Simeon Braguin Fund
Highway Sign
On the wallRobert Adams, courtesy Yale University Art Gallery, purchased with a gift from Saundra B. Lane, a grant from the Trellis Fund and the Janet and Simeon Braguin Fund
American Photography
On the wallRobert Adams, courtesy Yale University Art Gallery, purchased with a gift from Saundra B. Lane, a grant from the Trellis Fund and the Janet and Simeon Braguin Fund
Amusement ride
On the wallRobert Adams, courtesy Yale University Art Gallery, purchased with a gift from Saundra B. Lane, a grant from the Trellis Fund and the Janet and Simeon Braguin Fund
Car Headlights
On the wallRobert Adams, courtesy Yale University Art Gallery, purchased with a gift from Saundra B. Lane, a grant from the Trellis Fund and the Janet and Simeon Braguin Fund
American Photography
On the wallRobert Adams, courtesy Yale University Art Gallery, purchased with a gift from Saundra B. Lane, a grant from the Trellis Fund and the Janet and Simeon Braguin Fund
American Photography
On the wallRobert Adams, courtesy Yale University Art Gallery, purchased with a gift from Saundra B. Lane, a grant from the Trellis Fund and the Janet and Simeon Braguin Fund
House
On the wallRobert Adams, courtesy Yale University Art Gallery, purchased with a gift from Saundra B. Lane, a grant from the Trellis Fund and the Janet and Simeon Braguin Fund
American Photography
On the wallRobert Adams, courtesy Yale University Art Gallery, purchased with a gift from Saundra B. Lane, a grant from the Trellis Fund and the Janet and Simeon Braguin Fund

Robert Adams: The Place We Live

Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO, through January 2, 2012
denverartmuseum.org

In his 45-year visual odyssey Robert Adams captured the splendor and sprawl of the American West and became a pioneer of the New Topographics movement. With more than 200 images, this traveling show (next stop: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, in March) merges pristine landscapes with stark depictions of tract housing, strip malls and deforestation sites to create unsettling dissonances. “The pictures record what we purchased, what we paid and what we could not buy,” Adams wrote. “They document a separation from ourselves, and in turn from the natural world that we professed to love.”