Mac Adams


Mac Adams was born in 1943 in Brynmawr, So. Wales, UK. He studied at Cardiff School of Art & Design 1962-1967. In 1966 he married Barbara Whedon, an American art student studying at Cardiff. In 1986 he adopted his daughter, Boram Adams-Santana. Adams Received an MFA degree from Rutgers University (1967–69), where he studied with the fluxest artist Bob Watts. In 1969 while still a grad student he participated in the first ‘Soft Art’ Exhibitions at The New Jersey State Museum, along with Richard Serra. Richard Archwager, Keith Sonnier, and John Chamberlain among others. In 1970 he moved to New York City where he lived and worked until 2002. In 1974 his first ‘Mystery' series was shown at the legendary112 Green Street Gallery in Soho, N.Y. In 1976 he began showing with the John Gibson Gallery, where he became part of a movement known as Narrative Art. Adams was associated with a group of Conceptual artists who used fictional text and photographs. He separated himself from these artists by not using any text, instead he adopted a more semiotic approach to the narrative in which the photograph became a surrogate for text. The 'Mystery' series had a film Noir quality and an extreme  ( Wikipedia article )


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Rutgers University
Cardiff School of Art & Design

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