The Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, New York, is something of an annual pilgrimage point for aficionados of modern sculpture, not to mention ordinary art lovers wanting a day in the country. Located in the Hudson Valley about two hours northwest of Manhattan, Storm King is a former private residence turned outdoor sculpture museum. A Norman-style building sits amid four hundred acres of gently undulating terrain. It’s a sort of Brobdingnagian version of MOMA’s sculpture garden, but with the Modern’s catholic taste exchanged for a concentration on constructed sculpture. Noguchi, Moore, and Hepworth may be in evidence, but they only highlight the preponderance of Smith, di Suvero, and, lately, Calder.

It is a splendid anomaly: a major museum positioned off the beaten track and devoted to exhibiting outdoors a form of art not known for its affinity with nature. Yet there’s a...

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