BOB ADELMAN 
(1930-2016)

 


Bob Adelman (1930 – 2016) was an acclaimed American photographer known for his social documentaries (the struggle for civil rights, New York artists, women’ strike for equality, anti-war demonstrations and other historic photographic essays). The Adelman Archive is held by the Library of Congress.  Westwood Gallery NYC presented premiere exhibitions for photographer Bob Adelman during his lifetime and represents the photographs of the Estate of Bob Adelman.

 

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'NEW YORK ARTISTS' SERIES

For decades, Bob Adelman captured some of the greatest New York artists including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Marisol, and many other NY artists. Bob spent extensive time photographing the cultural milieu that passed through Andy Warhol's Factory, as well as openings and interactions in the Leo Castelli Gallery, large-scale murals painted by Roy Lichtenstein, and historic New York art world scenes.

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PHOTOGRAPHS OF ROY LICHTENSTEIN
 

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PHOTOGRAPHS OF JAMES ROSENQUIST
 

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PHOTOGRAPHS OF TOM WESSELMANN
 

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PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE STRUGGLE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS, 1960s

During the Civil Rights struggle of the 1960s, Bob Adelman's passion for social justice fueled his belief that images revealing the situation -- segregation, poverty, neglect -- might effect change. By volunteering his services as a photographer for the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), he captured events that re-shaped modern American history. Adelman photographed not only the moments of civil and social unrest, the marches and riots in New York, Washington D.C. and the deep South, Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech and the protesters being water-hosed in Birmingham, Alabama, but also the fabric of everyday life. He traveled through rural areas and city ghettos to document the black community in sorrow and in joy, capturing images of successful musicians, sports figures, educators and one of the early African-American sheriffs elected under the Voting Rights Act in Alabama. These images of a transformative time are as poignant and heartening today as when Adelman first captured them.

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BIOGRAPHY

"Adelman has moved beyond the familiar clichés of most documentary photography into that rare sphere wherein technical ability and social vision combine to create a work of art."
- Ralph Ellison

Photographer Bob Adelman (1930-2016) captured historic and artistic photographs for sixty years. His extraordinary visual documentation covered subjects from the civil rights movement, the New York art scene, urban culture, social essays, politics, music, the South, and revealing portraits of personalities.

 

An internationally-recognized photojournalist, Bob Adelman worked for LIFE, The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, TIME, Esquire, Vanity Fair, London's Sunday Times Magazine, Paris Match, and other major publications. He was a Guggenheim Fellow and National Endowment for the Arts Grantee. He is primarily known for his photographs of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, when he volunteered his services as a photographer to the Congress of Racial Equality and captured the transformative events that re-shaped modern American history. Adelman’s images were exhibited worldwide during his lifetime, in institutions including: Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian, Getty Museum, High Museum, The Nelson-Atkins Museum, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Tate Modern, and many others. Acquired by the Library of Congress in 2017, the Adelman archive is regarded as the foremost documentation of crucial periods in modern US history.

EXHIBITIONS
 

 

2022, APR 9 - JUN 18

WESTWOOD GALLERY NYC

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2018, JAN 9 - MAR 24

WESTWOOD GALLERY NYC

Click to view our 2018 exhibition, Bob Adelman: New York Artists at Westwood Gallery

SELECTED OFFSITE EXHIBITIONS

2018, JUL 22 - DEC 23
WESTWOOD GALLERY NYC

Click to view the 2018 exhibition Andy Warhol: Subject and Seriality at the Neuberger Museum

EXHIBITION HISTORY

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2018 - Westwood Gallery NYC, New York: New York Artists: Warhol, Lichtenstein, Rosenquist, Wesselmann

2014 - NSU Art Museum: The Movement: Bob Adelman and Civil Rights Era Photography

2008 - Westwood Gallery NYC: Mine Eyes Have Seen: Photographs of the Struggle for Civil Rights

2005 - Margaret Mitchell House and Museum, Atlanta, GA: KING: The Photobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr


 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021 - Public History Project at the Center for Brooklyn History, Brooklyn, New York: Brooklyn Resists

2018 - Neuberger Museum at SUNY Purchase, New York: Andy Warhol: Subject and Seriality

2018 - Westwood Gallery NYC, New York: Andy Warhol: Unique Studio Screenprints, 1980s

2016 - Allentown Art Museum, Allentown PA: This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement

2015 - Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN: This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement

2015 - The Florida Holocaust Museum: Images of the Civil Rights Movement

2015 - Howard Greenberg Gallery, NYC, New York: Land Lines, Photographs by Margaret Bourke White, Bruce Davidson, James Karales, Joel Meyerowitz, Bob Adelman, Gary Winograd, Dan Weiner

2015 - Gagosian Gallery, NYC, New York: Roy Lichtenstein’s Greene Street Mural, 1983

2014 - Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA: Signs of Protest: Photography from the Civil Right Era

2013 - Library of Congress, Washington D.C.: A Day Like No Other: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

2013 - Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site: Mine Eyes Have Seen

2013 - Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA: The Whole World was Watching: Civil Rights-Era Photographs from the Menil Collection

2013 - Howard Greenberg Gallery, NYC, New York: 1963, Photographs by Bob Adelman, Bruce Davidson, Gordon Parks, James Karales, Eliot Elisofon

2012 - Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS: This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement

2011 - The Menil Collection, Houston, TX: The Whole World was Watching: Civil Rights-Era Photographs from the Menil Collection

2010 - Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx, NY: Road to Freedom

2008 - High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA: Road to Freedom

2008 - Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL: I Shot Warhol, Wesselmann, Lichtenstein, Rosenquist, and Indiana

2008 - J.P. Getty Museum, Malibu, CA

1998 - Smithsonian American History Museum: We Shall Overcome: Photographs from America’s Civil Rights Era

 

SELECTED NEWS

Click to read New York Artists by Bob Adelman in Musee Magazine, Feb 13, 2018

New York Artists by Bob Adelman at Westwood Gallery

Musee Magazine | February 13, 2018

Click to read NYC Gallery Scene, Highlights in Hamptons Art Hub, Jan 16, 2018

NYC Gallery Scene, Highlights Through January 21st, 2018

Hamptons Art Hub | January 16, 2018

Click to read Bob Adelman, 85, photographer who covered Civil Rights in AMNY, Mar 31, 2016

Bob Adelman, 85, photographer who covered Civil Rights, M.L.K.

AMNY | March 31, 2016

Click to read Bob Adelman Dies at 85 in The New York Times, Mar 22, 2016

Bob Adelman, Whose Vivid Photos Captured Civil Rights Struggle, Dies at 85

The New York Times | March 22, 2016

Click to read “The Movement: Bob Adelman and Civil Rights Era Photography” at NSU Art Museum, Jan 19, 2014

The Movement: Bob Adelman and Civil Rights Era Photography

NSU Art Museum | January 19, 2014

Click to see Ruby Dee Reads from MLK, Jr’s “Beyond Vietnam” at Westwood Gallery NYC, 2008

Ruby Dee Reads From MLK, Jr.'s "Beyond Vietnam" at Westwood Gallery NYC

Getty Images | April 4, 2008

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Mine Eyes Have Seen: Bearing Witness to the Civil Rights Struggle, Bob Adelman Photographs, Book Cover

Mine Eyes Have Seen: Bearing Witness to the Civil Rights Struggle
Bob Adelman