Storm King
Sandie Maxa


About a month ago, some friends and I headed north to visit Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, New York. 500 acres of farmland are home to large-scale modern sculptures by artists including Alexander Calder, Mark diSuvero, Andy Goldsworthy, Roy Lichtenstein, Louise Nevelson, Richard Serra and many others. Most of the work was created post 1960.






Unlike seeing art in an urban paved plaza, viewing art outside, in a huge expanse of space, was a thrill. Ascending a hill brought a steel structure into view, conspicuous because of its surroundings — rolling green hills and trees. Gusts of wind helped pieces with moving parts come alive. Fast-moving clouds (it did indeed storm that day) provided an everchanging backdrop. And you could touch everthing.