Robert Adams — Questions for an Overcast Day

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33 photographs of young alder trees growing along the Oregon coastline, near the artist’s home. The series begins by focusing on the branches of the trees and, progressing from one image to the next, narrows its focus, culminating with several images of a single leaf. The leaves on the trees appear perforated, the precise cause of which is unknown. The artist likens the particular pattern of erosion on each leaf to hieroglyphics, reading in them a unique “calligraphy of disaster.” About them, Adams writes:What would account for the condition of the leaves –drought, insects, rocky ground, disease, herbicide, wind? Are the leaves beautiful?”


New York / San Francisco: Matthew Marks Gallery / Fraenkel Gallery, 2007. Small 8vo in stiff wraps as issued. Complete with jacket, but no obi. Unpaginated. Illustrated throughout. Near fine clean copy

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Robert Adams — Questions for an Overcast Day