New York

Robert Adams

Leo Castelli Gallery uptown

Robert Adams is a photographer of rising popularity. He has spent recent years making pictures of the burgeoning cities and suburbs that form a vertical stripe down the center of Colorado’s rectangle, in a region of foothills and high plains just east of the Rocky Mountains. These sunny purlieus of the Midwest are hastily being covered with freeways, and new tracts of prefabricated houses, and with a rather underzealous variant of the type of commercial architecture Robert Venturi celebrates. The import of this sprawl of belated homesteading is intimately connected with the motivation and esthetic of Adams’s work. The artist has said that he aspires to some verdict upon the beauty, the ugliness, the wastefulness and wholesomeness of this dusty locale. When I last heard him speak, two years ago, Adams would have argued that the place is an inhospitable, grim one in which to live, or at

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