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The play of sun and shadows on Ellsworth Kelly’s 1986 Houston Triptych (detail) at the Cullen Sculpture Garden, Houston
Photo by Phyllis Tuchman
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THE LOST SCULPTURE PROCESS
by Phyllis Tuchman


Twenty years ago, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston lucked out. After more than a decade of planning, the museum dedicated a sculpture garden designed by Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) that doubles as an urban oasis. Behind a low-lying wall along Bissonnet Street, across from the MFAH’s Mies van der Rohe-designed glass and steel temporary exhibitions venue, is little more than an acre of green -- grassy mounds anchoring cedar elms and giant timber bamboo, plus masterpieces by Alberto Giacometti, Ellsworth Kelly, Henri Matisse, David Smith and more. The garden is named after Houston philanthropists Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen.

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