It is difficult to capture the majesty of Tippet Rise Art Center, a 12,500-acre ranch in Montana that hosts both performance and sculptural art, in photographs. I sensed as much when the first images of the sculptures the owners, Cathy and Peter Halstead, commissioned there started appearing a few years ago. So I persuaded the ever-generous Frank Barkow to drive me two-and-a-half hours from his second home in Bozeman (itself an object of great merit) to the foothills of the Beartooth Mountains to see for myself how this art was faring in my native state. I was not disappointed. Not only does the ranch preserve and open up for public viewing the drama of the high rolling plateau surrounded by heights still capped by snow in May, but the human-made objects that answer to that natural stage set are more than up to the task.