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Our 6 Favorite Places to See Art Alfresco This Fall

Enjoy art and nature at one of these outdoor galleries.

Sculpture parks and gardens across the country are the perfect way to view art and enjoy the changing season simultaneously. Oftentimes located on large pieces of land, these spaces can accommodate enormous works in materials that interact with the surrounding landscape in breathtaking ways. So the next time you need a culture fix, make a point to step outside this fall and take in oversize installations and bursts of nature at one of these sprawling outdoor galleries.

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Photography by: Art Omi
Bernar Venet, Arcs of Disorder.

1. The Fields Sculpture Park

Ghent, New York

This Hudson Valley site has pieces by Alice Aycock, Bernar Venet, and more than 70 others, on its hilly expanses of wheat, clover, and poplar trees. artomi.org

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Photography by: Kevin J. Miyazaki
The Way, 1972-80.

2. Laumeier Sculpture Park

St. Louis, Missouri

See Alexander Liberman’s giant cadmium-red landmark "The Way" and works by Donald Judd 20 minutes west of the Mississippi. laumeiersculpturepark.org

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Photography by: © Philipp Scholz Rittermann, Courtesy of the Chinati Foundation
Robert Irwin, untitled (dawn to dusk), installation exterior, 2016. Permanent collection, The Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas. © 2017 Robert Irwin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

3. The Chinati Foundation

Marfa, Texas

A former army barracks bought in 1979 by minimalist sculptor Donald Judd, the 340-acre contemporary art space in the Chihuahuan desert is home to permanent installations by such artists as John Chamberlain, Dan Flavin, and Robert Irwin. chinati.org

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Photography by: Carolyn Brown / Courtesy Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, Texas

4. Nasher Sculpture Center

Dallas, Texas

Along with an outdoor sculpture garden, Tom Sachs’s "Tea Ceremony" -- traveling from the Noguchi Museum in Queens -- is on view at the Renzo Piano-designed space. (In the wake of Hurricane Harvey and the families displaced in the area, the museum is also currently offering free admission.) nashersculpturecenter.org

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Photography by: Anchor Imagery
Installation view, Aaron Curry: Grove, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum.

5. deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

Lincoln, Massachusetts

More than 60 objects occupy 30 manicured acres of forests and gardens along Flint’s Pond, northwest of Boston. decordova.org

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Photography by: Joshua White
Gerhard Marcks, Maja (viewed in situ), 1941. Bronze. 88 x 25 x 23 in. (223.5 x 63.5 x 58.4 cm). Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden, University of California, Los Angeles. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Warner and the UCLA Art Council. Courtesy Hammer Museum.

6. Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden

Los Angeles, California

Admire gems by Calder, Matisse, Miró, Rodin, Serra, and many more on a five-acre plot at the pristine UCLA campus. hammer.ucla.edu