New York

Nine Sculptors

Nassau County Museum Of Fine Arts

The Nassau County Museum of Fine Arts in Roslyn, New York, was formerly the Frick mansion, a large Georgian-revival building from the 1890s. It stands on 175 acres of grounds, which include formal gardens, picturesque meadows and untended woods. This last spring and summer the museum put on its second exhibition of outdoor sculpture. Nine sculptors were given a free hand in choosing the sites for their work. This meant, in effect, that a variety of contemporary artists were given a chance to play their sophistications off against that of late-19th-century architectural and landscape traditions. No competition took place; rather, a setting charged with complex stylistic meaning was provided, and individual sculptors’ responses tended to add interest to their work. The Nassau County Museum is part of a trend away from the “neutrality” of gallery exhibition spaces, for which it is to be

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