Ursula von Rydingsvard was born in Germany in 1942. Until the age of 8, she comes and goes from a refugees camp to another along with her family. In 1950, the familly settles in Plainville, Connecticut. She passes a Master of Fine Arts degree in the Columbia University in 1975. In 2000, she receives the second prize for the best exhibition in a gallery, awarded by the International Art Critique Association. In 1984, she receives the Guggenheim fellowship.
Text courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris.
The Contour of Feeling knows where Van Rydingsvard’s strengths are, focusing mostly on her articulation of torment and violence. This can make PODERWAĆ seem like a blip, but maybe it signifies a shift in the artist’s tone. After so many years plumbing the well of anguish, maybe it’s time for something lighter?
Initially, the title of this exhibition, TORN, is hard to pin on the work of Ursula von Rydingsvard; if anything, her sculpture is stoic, monolithic, and at times intimidating. There never seems an opportunity to rip anything apart. Still, the works in this exhibition seem to have been chosen for their distinctness from one another rather than...
Ursula von Rydingsvard is almost as little-known in Britain as she is celebrated in the US. There, her enormous art works, created out of hundreds of glued and sculpted cedar planks, are dotted throughout the country – in the collections of the Met and MoMA in New York; in the generous grounds of Microsoft’s original HQ in Redmond, Washington; and...
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