<iframe src="//www.googletagmanager.com/ns.html?id=GTM-PTT6ZS" height="0" width="0" style="display:none;visibility:hidden"></iframe> Whitney Museum of American Art: Robert Adams: Motel
Please wait

Robert Adams

Motel

1969, printed c. 1970

From

The New West

Artist

Robert Adams (1937-)

Title

Motel

Portfolio/Series

The New West

Date

1969, printed c. 1970

Medium

Gelatin silver print mounted on paperboard

Dimensions

Mount: 13 × 11 in. (33 × 27.9 cm) Overall: 5 7/8 × 5 15/16 in. (14.9 × 15.1 cm)

Credit line

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Purchase, with funds from the Photography Committee

Accession number

96.12

Object Label

With Motel, Robert Adams achieves what he once described as “that perfectly balanced frame where everything fits.” Adams has captured the Colorado Springs motel in such a way that the building forms a precise horizontal bar across the photograph, while the tail ends of unmistakably American-made automobiles edge into the foreground, and a distant mountain range fades into the silvery mist. The contrast between the majestic grandeur of the mountains and the banality of the motel and cars—those familiar icons of American suburbia—is presented neutrally; the natural and the manmade simply coexist.

Related exhibitions online

Prev Next