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The publications program at the Gallery plays a vital role in the museum’s mission to encourage appreciation and understanding of art. The Gallery’s exhibition catalogues, annual Bulletin, and monographic titles serve a wide variety of audiences, from casual museum-goers to scholars. 

Note from the Editor

Art Can Help

Gallery staff went on press in July for Art Can Help, an intimate volume of essays by acclaimed photographer Robert Adams, now available in the Bookstore. The book—Adams’s first collection of essays in over 20 years—gathers more than two dozen deeply personal reflections on photographs that evoke beauty without irony or sentimentality. Adams considers the purpose of art and the responsibility of the artist, and he puts forth the idea, now somehow radical, that art can and should “reinforce a sense of meaning in life.” He boldly argues for an artistic practice that “encourages us to gratitude and engagement, and is of both personal and civic consequence.” Amid divisive political discourse and growing environmental crises, Art Can Help makes a plea for art that asks us to find hope in natural beauty and in the kindness and caring of others.

Tiffany Sprague

Director of Publications and Editorial Services

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