Dennis Adams

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For the South African boxer of the 1950s and '60s, see Dennis Adams (boxer).

Dennis Adams (born Des Moines, Iowa 1948) is an American artist internationally recognized for his urban interventions and museum installations that reveal historical and political undercurrents in photography, cinema, public space and architecture. Over the last three decades, he has realized over fifty urban projects in cities worldwide from Antwerp to Zagreb. His work has been the subject of numerous one-person exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout North America and Europe.[1]

Since 2001 Adams has been a Professor at the Cooper Union in New York City. From 1997-2001, he was the Director of the Visual Arts Program and Professor in the school of architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has also taught at Parsons School of Design, New York; Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris; Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam; and the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Munich.

His work is in many international collections, including the Museum of Modern Art,[2]Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, the Fotomuseum Winterthur, Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the Walker Art Center.[3]

He is represented by Kent Fine Art [4] in New York City, Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie in Paris, Galerie Lumen Travo in Amsterdam, and Galeria Moises Perez de Albeniz in Pamplona

Artist books[edit]

Recovered 10 on 10 - Adams on Garanger, produced and published in 1993 by Les Maîtres de Forme Contemporains (mfc-michèle didier), Bruxelles. Limited edition of 6 numbered and signed copies and 3 artist’s proofs. Voir mfc

Selected Exhibitions[edit]

  • 1984 Solo Exhibit, the Kitchen, New York
  • 1987 "Skulptur Projekte Münster", Westfälisches Landesmuseum, Münster, Germany
  • 1987 "Building Against Image" (retrospective), The Alternative Museum, New York
  • 1988 Solo Exhibit, De Appel Foundation, Amsterdam
  • 1988 "Bezugspunkte 38/88", Steirischer Herbst, Graz, Austria
  • 1989 "Magiciens de la terre", Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, and La Grande Halle, Parc de la Villette, Paris[5]
  • 1989 "Image World: Art and Media Culture", Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
  • 1989 "Images Critiques: Adams, Jaar, Jammes, Wall", Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris
  • 1989 "Tenir l’image à distance", Musée D’art Contemporain, Montréal
  • 1990 “WORKS: Dennis Adams”, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.[6]
  • 1990 "Passages de l’image", Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
  • 1990 "Rhetorical Image", The New Museum, New York
  • 1990 "The Ready Made Boomerang", Sydney Biennale, Australia
  • 1991 “Road to Victory”, PROJECT Series, Museum of Modern Art, New York[7]
  • 1992 "Post Human", FAE Musée d’Art Contemporain, Pully/Lausanne, Switzerland; traveled to: Castello di Rivoli, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Torino; Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens; Deichtorhallen Hamburg[8]
  • 1993 “Der Müll, ( ) Unde Der Tod", Portikus, Frankfurt am Main
  • 1994 “Selling History” (retrospective), Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston
  • 1994 "Transactions" (retrospective), Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen
  • 1995 "Light Constructions", Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • 1995 "10 thru 20" (solo exhibition), Stroom HCBK, The Hague
  • 1996 “Ederle”, Queens Museum of Art, New York
  • 1999 "Panorama 2000", Organized by Centraal Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • 2000 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of Art, New York
  • 2001 "Hortus Conclusus", Witte de With, Rotterdam
  • 2001 Solo Exhibit, Contemporary Museum Baltimore in collaboration with the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore
  • 2002 "Video topiques/Tours et Retours de l’Art Vidéo", Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg, France
  • 2003 "Warum", Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
  • 2004 "Ambulates/Cultura Portátil: Actitudes y Prototipos en el Espacio público", Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo of Sevilla, Spain
  • 2004 “Freeload”, Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, Barcelona[9]
  • 2005 "Make Down", Kent Fine Art, New York City[10]
  • 2005 "Regarding Terror: The RAF- Exhibition", Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin and Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz
  • 2007 "Filles rebelles". Frac Nord-Pas de Calais, Dunkerque, France
  • 2008 "Blickmaschinen", Museum Für Gegenwartskunst, Siegen, Germany[11]
  • 2008 "Revolutions 1968", Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw
  • 2009 "Evento 2009: Collective Intimacy", Bordeaux, France[12]
  • 2009 "Walls of Algiers: Narratives of the Colonial City", The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles[13]
  • 2010 "How Wine Became Modern", San Francisco Museum of Modern Art[14]
  • 2010 "La Memoria del Otro"; Museo Internacional de Chile, traveled to Centro de Arte Contempráneo Wifredo Lam, Havana[15]
  • 2011 "Uncanny Familiarity: Images of Terror", C/O Berlin[16]
  • 2012 "Malraux's Shoes", Kent Fine Art, New York [17]
  • 2015 "Looking Back / The 9the White Columns Annual", White Columns, New York

Selected Bibliography[edit]

  • Abramović, Marina. “Dennis Adams: Franck & Schulte.” Flash Art, Summer 1992, pp. 122–23.
  • Adams, Dennis. "Double Feature." New York: Kent Fine Art, 2008. [18]
  • Adams, Dennis. “Sky Writing.” Historias: VII Edición del Festival Internacional de Fotografia y Artes Visuales PhotoEspaña. Catalogue. Madrid: 2004, pp. 63–66, 168-170.
  • Adams, Dennis. “Questionnaire.” Zone 1–2, 1986, pp. 423, 455.
  • Alberro, Alexander. “Dennis Adams: Kent Gallery.” Artforum, May 1999, p. 178.
  • Beros, Nada. “Street Ventriloquist/An Interview with Dennis Adams.” Artpress, December 1999, pp. 24–29.
  • Brenson, Michael.“He Challenges a Privileged Point of View.” New York Times, March 13, 1988, sec. 2, pp. 35, 38.
  • Celik, Zeynep, Clancy-Smith, Julia and Terpak, Frances, eds. "Walls of Algiers/Narratives of the City Through Text andImage". Los Angeles: The Getty Research Institute and University of Washington, Seattle and London, 2009, pp. 7, 8-9, 10-11f.
  • Cooke, Lynne. “Dennis Adams.” Galeries Magazine, February–March 1991, pp. 88–91, 144.
  • Cotter, Holland. “Outtake. A Public Project by Dennis Adams.” New York Times, January 15, 1999, p. E 42.
  • D’Agostino, Peter, and Lew Thomas, eds. "Still Photography: the problematic model". San Francisco: NFS Press, 1981, pp. 111–115.
  • "Dennis Adams". Pamplona: Galería Moisés Pérez de Albéniz, 2004. (catalog)
  • "Double Feature". New York: Kent Gallery. 2008. (artist book)
  • Durand, Régis. "La Part de l’ombre: Essais sur l’expérience photographique". Paris: La Différence, 1990, pp. 196–202.
  • Faust, Gretchen. “Dennis Adams: MOMA.” Arts Magazine, April 1991, pp. 97–98.
  • Funken, Peter. “Strategie & Rhetorik: Dennis Adams, John Baldessari und Jochen Gerz.” Artefactum, April–May, 1990, pp. 49–50.
  • Goldmann, Daniela. “Kontradiktionen der Kunst: Daniela Goldmann im Gespräch mit Dennis Adams.” Noema Art Journal, October/November 1991, pp. 58–65.
  • Heartney, Eleanor. “Street Scenes.” Art in America, April 1989, pp. 230–37, 277.
  • Indiana, Gary. “Dennis Adams at Nature Morte.” Art in America, January 1987, pp. 133–34.
  • Kolbowski, Silvia. “Freeload/Interview with Dennis Adams.” Scapes, no. 4, Fall 2005, pp. 27–32.
  • Kozloff, Max. “Through the Narrative Portal.” Artforum, April 1986, pp. 86–97.
  • Leffingwell, Edward, and Karen Marta, eds. Modern Dreams: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Pop. New York: The Clocktower Gallery, The Institute for Contemporary Art, and Cambridge, Massachusetts, and London: MIT Press, 1988, pp. 6, 9, 110–117.
  • Novakov, Anna, ed. "Carnal Pleasures/Desire, Public Space and Contemporary Art". San Francisco: Clamor Editions, 1998. pp. 122–135.
  • Phillips, Patricia C. “Adams, Jaar, Wodiczko des images parasites.” Artpress, March 1988, pp. 17–20.
  • "Port of View". Marseille: L’observatoire, 1992. (catalog)
  • Richard, Paul. “‘Archive’ of a Hidden Washington, at Hirshhorn.” The Washington Post, April 25, 1990, pp. B1, B10.
  • Smith, Roberta. “Exploring the World’s-Fair Mentality.” The New York Times, June 28, 1996, p. C33.
  • Sans, Jérôme. “An Interview with Dennis Adams.” Flash Art, Summer, 1989, pp. 129–31.
  • Staniszewski, Mary Anne. "The Power of Display. A History of Exhibition Installations at the Museum of Modern Art". Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, 1998, pp. 296–298.
  • "The Architecture of Amnesia". New York: Kent Fine Art, 1990. Essay by Mary Anne Staniszewski. (catalog)


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