Bridgeman Images' Sales Director for North and South America, Adam Goldberg, selects his archive highlights from delicate wildlife to arresting steel sculptures.
What is your role at Bridgeman Images?
I am the Sales Director for Bridgeman’s North and South American business. I support the account management team here in NY in growing relationships with both new and established clients. While a relatively new member of the team, having joined Bridgeman in November of 2019, I’ve worked in the stock photography and footage business for over 25 years.
What do you love most about your job?
What I love most about my job is that it’s a constant learning experience. Whether it’s trying to help solve client issues so they can produce their best work or discovering a new collection within the ever expanding library, every day brings something new and challenging.
What misconceptions do clients most commonly have about the archive?
I think most people associate Bridgeman with its vast library of fine art images and don’t realize the depth and breadth of our historic and cultural photography and footage library. We’re always eager to present our full range to clients, letting them know that they can fulfill more of their content needs at Bridgeman without needing to go elsewhere.
Anvil, 1988 (rolled steel); Richard Serra
I met Richard Serra back in 1993 when I was working at the Guggenheim Museum in NYC. He was installing several of his works in one of the tower galleries. Even though the pieces were small in comparison to the majority of his work, the museum had to open up an exterior wall to move the artwork in as well as reinforce the marble floors to support it. Very few artists can do what he does with such large pieces of steel.
Carousel, 1988 (aluminum and steel); Bruce Nauman
Bruce Nauman is one of my favorite artists. His conceptual work across a variety of mediums – neon, sculpture, photography, drawings and video - often pushes boundaries and incites strong reactions. The feeling of unease when viewing his work is what draws me to it. In this piece, he suspends deer and hounds from a slowly turning carousel, their bodies scraping against the floor making a noise much like nails across a blackboard.
Untitled (Think Twice), 1992 (photographic silkscreen on vinyl); Barbara Kruger
Barbara Kruger’s 1991 exhibit at the Mary Boone Gallery in NYC’s Soho was one of the very best shows I’ve seen. Every square inch of the gallery from floor to ceiling was covered in her artwork. Her distinctive red and white graphic text over high contrast black-and-white photos is always charged with overtly political messages urging the viewer to act. Here she implores the view to “Think Twice.”
Mantle fragments, known as The Paracas Textile, Nazca Culture, 200-600 AD (cotton & wool)
Being a Brooklyn resident since 1992, the Brooklyn Museum is a favorite neighbour haunt of mine. It has an impressive collection of Art of the Americas. I’m endlessly fascinated by the over 1000 year old Paracas Textile and try to view it whenever I attend the museum. It’s amazing how well-preserved the colour is after so many years. I feel like I find some new detail in the intricately weaved figures that line the textile on each visit.
Sphyrapicus varius, yellow-bellied sapsucker, Plate 190 from John James Audubon's Birds of America, original double elephant folio, 1827-30 (hand-coloured aquatint)
As an avid bird photographer, I’m a huge fan of Audubon’s illustrations. While he can garner the detail through taxidermied specimens, I’m amazed at how well he captures the different birds’ individual behaviours which need to be observed in life. Second only to the winter wren, the yellow-bellied sapsucker is one of my favourite birds (and not because it’s fun to say) and can often be seen at my local park during spring and fall migrations.
Apollo 11 Moon Landing footage, 1969
I recently found in my parents archive, photographs taken of their old black-and-white television set showing the live broadcast of Neil Armstrong descending the ladder to be the first person to touch foot on the moon. This was just in time for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. I’ve always been a fan of all things space related and look forward to mankind’s return to the moon scheduled for 2024.
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