While we were in New York, we also visited several museums: The Neue Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. On a warm evening last Friday (free to the public on Friday evenings), I spent some time in the recently restored Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden. The modern bronze pieces by Picasso, Matisse, Giacometti and other artists were not the only sculptural elements to this public space which has been called the social heart of MOMA. The selection of trees and their arrangement added to the allure of this oasis in the city.
The bark of Ulmus parvifolia and Betula populifolia 'Whitespire' and the structure of Fagus sylvatica 'Pendula' contributed to the overall experience in the garden in early spring. I especially liked the way they were plated in small groves of a single species. Ulmus parvifolia contrasted particularly well against the light gray stone walls of the space. Another example of the importance of the how a plant looks during the long winter season when all our plants are dormant.
Henry Matisse The Back (I) 1908-09, The Back (II) 1911-13, The Back (III)1913-16 Bronze
Katharina Fritsch. Figurengruppe/Group of Figures. 2006–08 (fabricated 2010–11). Bronze, copper, and stainless steel, lacquered.
Fagus sylvatica 'Pendula'
Betula populifolia 'Whitespire'
Pablo Picasso. She-Goat. 1950 (cast 1952) Bronze
Max Ernst, "The King Playing With The Queen" (1944, cast 1954), Bronze
Elie Nadelman, "Man In The Open Air" (c. 1915), Bronze
Henry Moore, "Family Group (1948-1949, cast 1950, Bronze)
Joan Miró (Spanish, 1893-1983) | Moonbird | 1966 | Bronze
Renee Sintenis Daphne 1930 Bronze
Aristide Maillol. The River. Begun 1938–39; completed 1943 (cast 1948)
Gaston Lachaise, "Floating Figure" (1927, cast 1935), Bronze
Alberto Giacometti. Tall Figure, III. 1960 Bronze