Burning Oil Sludge North of Denver, Colorado

Object Details

Title:

Burning Oil Sludge North of Denver, Colorado

Artist/Maker(s):

Robert Adams (American, born 1937)

Culture:

American

Place(s):

Colorado, United States (Place created)

Date:

1973

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions:

15.2 x 19.4 cm (6 x 7 5/8 in.)

Copyright:

© Robert Adams

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One day in the winter of 1973 Robert Adams was drawn to a plume of smoke he saw in the distance as he drove north from Denver. The deep black of the noxious cloud and its graceful billowing provided an unexpected beauty against the snow-covered landscape. Adams deepened this contrast by including the front range of the Colorado Rockies in the distance and the oil derrick only yards from a stately tree.

Exhibitions
Robert Adams: Landscapes of Harmony and Dissonance (February 7 to May 28, 2006)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), February 7 to May 28, 2006
Into the Sunset: Photography's Image of the West (March 24 to June 8, 2009) (65)
  • The Museum of Modern Art (New York), March 24 to June 8, 2009