‘I prefer winter and fall, when you can feel the bone structure in the landscape,” noted famed American painter Andrew Wyeth.
It’s a good way to think about a visit to Grounds For Sculpture.
Open all year, the nationally known sculpture garden in Hamilton provides different experiences at different seasons.
Yet in winter the art and landscape seem clearer, the viewing more intimate. And while cold is in the air, warmth can be found in a hut with a gas fireplace, cafes serving warm and spirited beverages, and a first-class restaurant, the highly rated Rat’s.
In addition to the outdoor works of Princeton-area sculptor Gordon Gund (profiled in the accompanying article), numerous artists from around the world are on permanent view. That includes works by GFS founder Seward Johnson, the late internationally recognized New Jersey-based sculptor Isaac Witkin, and GFS’s first curator, Brooke Barrie, who died at the end of 2015.
Visitors can also view indoor exhibitions that highlight innovation and cutting-edge artistry.
For example, “Disruptions” — a collaborative exhibition between Grounds For Sculpture and the three national chapters of the International Sculpture Center: the Chicago Sculpture International, the Texas Sculpture Group, and the Pacific Rim Sculpture Group — features 18 works by contemporary artists, each of whom belongs to one of these three chapters.
The works examines forces that “disrupt” our daily lives and includes artists “who reflect the challenges of contemporary society through the lens of their individual experiences.” Tom Moran, GFS chief curator and artistic director, curated with Geoffrey Bates (Texas Sculpture Group) and Nicole Beck (Chicago Sculpture International).” It is on view through Sunday, March 27.
Also on view is the 21st Annual Outstanding Student Achievement Awards in Contemporary Sculpture exhibition, jury-selected from hundreds of domestic and international art programs. The works cover topical issues such as cultural identity, gender, memory, desire, loss, and the phenomena of nature. Jurors included Chakaia Booker, prominent artist and ISC board member, Maki Hajikano, associate professor of fine arts at York College, the City University of New York, and Kelly Kivland, assistant curator at Dia Art Foundation. It also closes March 27.
And “Washington, DC-based sculptor Jae Ko: Selections” features her largest and most ambitious work. “Force of Nature, Shiro.” It is a monumental paper relief work that reaches more than 80 linear feet, blending the sculptural with the architectural. It is on view through Sunday, May 1.
Grounds For Sculpture, 126 Sculptors Way, Hamilton. Tuesdays through Sundays. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $10 to $15 (children under five free). 609-586-0616 or www.groundsforsculpture.org.