Robert Henry Adams Gallery records

This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

Unprocessed. Records of the Robert Henry Adams Gallery. Adams, who died in 2001 at the age of 46, opened his first gallery inside his home in 1980. Later moving to a space on Webster Ave. in 1983 and then finally to 715 N. Franklin St. in 1994, Adams specialized in Abstract Expressionism, Precisionism, Modernism and African American and Regional Art and was known for his preference in showcasing modern, industrial subjects and "overlooked" art objects.

Biographical Historical Note

Robert Henry Adams grew up in Chicago and Evanston, and studied philosophy at Franconia College in New Hampshire. He returned to Chicago in the mid-1970s and began his career dealing in rare books. His interest soon shifted from books to prints and finally to paintings. In 1983 he opened Adams Fine Art in Lincoln Park, where he showcased realistic paintings of Chicago's rivers, bridges and factories. In 1990 Mr. Adams moved his gallery to River North. Adams also served two terms on the board of the Chicago Art Dealers Association and chaired its ethics committee for the seven years prior to his death. Adams was married to Sandra Michels, who operated the gallery for several years after his death.