New York Artists
Adelman focused his attention for decades on the greatest American New York artists at the height of their careers. The result is a body of work which constitutes iconic and important photographic images of a generation of seminal artists. Adelman captured moments with artists as they worked in their studio along with daily sources of inspiration. The portraits and studio scenes reveal the artistic energy and are important historical documents revealing the more intimate side of a very influential generation.
During the 1960s, Bob Adelman spent extensive time in Andy Warhol's Factory, photographing Andy on his red couch, in the foil covered factory rooms, with silkscreens of Marilyn, Liz, and Elvis, as well as capturing the making of several Warhol films and interactions in the Leo Castelli Gallery. Adelman also initiated the making of his photographs with Warhol, asking Warhol to accompany him to Gristedes supermarket, so Adelman could photograph him in the aisles while Warhol shopped for Campbell’s Soup cans and Brillo boxes.
Bob Adelman was a good friend of Roy Lichtenstein, having dinners together, spending their time talking about the art world, Roy’s technique and social and historic events. Roy invited Adelman to document many projects including Roy’s ninety-six-foot-long Greene Street Mural in Leo Castelli’s gallery in 1983. WESTWOOD GALLERY NYC worked with Adelman to complete a print version of the well-known mural photograph into a 27 x 76 inch version, which hangs in the Lichtenstein Foundation. Adelman enjoyed staging photographs with Roy Lichtenstein, such as asking Roy to stand on a ladder in front of Lichtenstein’s 1989 “Bauhaus Stairway Mural”, a twenty-seven-foot-high mural in Creative Artists Agency, I.M. Pei building in Los Angeles or in front of the fifty-six-foot-long mural in the entrance hall of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. The photographs of Tom Wesselmann focus on his models, such as Monica Serra, and his artwork in the studios at 231 Bowery and 54 Bond Street, and at Sidney Janis Gallery. James Rosenquist is photographed with his paintings, such as “Big Bo,” his murals, and experimenting with a magnifying glass.
Adelman’s vast archive also includes photographs of Larry Rivers, Donald Judd, Jasper Johns, Marisol Escobar, Red Grooms, Jeff Koons, Adolph Gottlieb, Barnett Newman, Robert Rauschenberg, Dick Bellamy, Lucas Samaras, Jim Dine, David Hockney as well as influential art dealers who shifted the perception of how to sell art, such as Leo Castelli.
Photographs © Bob Adelman Estate
New York Artists: Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, David Hockney, Adolf Gottlieb, Jeff Koons,
Jasper Johns, Tom Wesselmann
Estate prints are now available as archival pigment prints on Kodak paper, edition of 50, stamped by the Bob Adelman Estate, paper size > 16 x 20 inch for select photographs.
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.
Photographs © Bob Adelman Estate
During Black History Month, WESTWOOD GALLERY NYC premiered an exhibition of Mr. Adelman's historical photographs and hosted the launch of the book, MINE EYES HAVE SEEN: Bearing Witness to the Struggle for Civil Rights, photographs by Bob Adelman, essays by Charles Johnson, published by Time Inc. Home Entertainment.