A weekend activity guide to art and nature around NYC

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition, Ellsworth Kelly Plant Drawings, exposes a different side of an artist typically known for painting brightly colored shapes on large canvases. Kelly, a native New Yorker who at one point grew corn in his studio in lower Manhattan, has an obvious appreciation for the natural world. All eighty drawings in the exhibit were drawn from nature observation, yet the sparse contour drawings of grape leaves, seaweed, and bean stalks (just to name a few) hover between realism and abstraction.

The Met exhibition is one of many in the city that showcases the intimate relationship between art and nature. There are numerous projects, parks, and shows currently on display that provide viewers with an interactive way to explore nature.

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Image: Metropolitan Museum of Art