Yale University Art Gallery
Robert Adams: The Place We Live
The trees stand on a hillside exposed to the prevailing wind. Even on a quiet afternoon the trunks sway a little.

Stanley Elkin suggested that “all books are the Book of Job,” and in general he was right. Certainly many writers and picture makers want to repeat in a fresh way what the voice out of the whirlwind said, that we are not the creator, and that rather than ask an explanation we ought to attend an inventory of wonders—the Pleiades, the morning star, the sun, the rain, the grass, the raven, the whale. Common to each is beauty. And so a promise.

—R.A., 2009