"Art Can Help" by Robert Adams

Art Can Help New and Selected Essays Robert Adams

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
19 Sep 2017
ISBN:
9780300229240
Imprint:
Yale University Art Gallery
Dimensions:
92 pages: 210 x 140mm
Illustrations:
36 color illus.

Categories:

A collection of inspiring essays by the photographer Robert Adams, who advocates the meaningfulness of art in a disillusioned society 

In Art Can Help, the internationally acclaimed American photographer Robert Adams (b. 1937) offers over two-dozen meditations on the purpose of art and the responsibility of the artist. In particular, Adams advocates art that evokes beauty without irony or sentimentality, art that “encourages us to gratitude and engagement, and is of both personal and civic consequence.”
 
Following an introduction, the book begins with two short essays on the works of the American painter Edward Hopper, an artist venerated by Adams. The rest of this compilation contains essays—more than half of which have never before been published—that contemplate one work or a small group of works by an individual artist. Many of the objects discussed are by noted photographers such as Julia Margaret Cameron, Emmet Gowin, Dorothea Lange, Abelardo Morell, Edward Ranney, Judith Joy Ross, John Szarkowski, and Garry Winogrand. Several essays beckon the words of literary figures, including Virginia Woolf and Czesław Miłosz. Adams’s voice is at once intimate and accessible, and is imbued with the accumulated wisdom of a long career devoted to making and viewing art. This eloquent and moving book champions art that fights against disillusionment and despair.

Robert Adams lives and works in northwestern Oregon. He is best known for his series of photographs that explore the urban and natural landscapes of the American West.