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b. 1942, Germany

Ursula von Rydingsvard Biography

Over her four-decade career, Ursula von Rydingsvard has become one of the most influential postwar sculptors working today. She is best known for creating large-scale, often monumental sculpture from cedar beams, which she painstakingly cuts, assembles, and laminates, finally rubbing powdered graphite into the work's textured, faceted surfaces. Her signature abstract shapes refer to things in the real world–vessels, bowls, tools, and other objects–each revealing the mark of the human hand while also summoning natural forms and forces. In recent years, von Rydingsvard has explored other mediums in depth, particularly bronze, continuing to expand upon her unique artistic vocabulary.

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Von Rydingsvard's work is represented in the permanent collections of over 30 museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Walker Art Center, Minnesota; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Missouri; Storm King Art Center, New York; and Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan. She has presented major solo exhibitions at numerous institutions, most recently at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in England. Permanent commissioned sculptures by von Rydingsvard are on view in multiple public locations including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Microsoft Corporation, Washington; Princeton University, New Jersey; Bloomberg Corporation, New York; and Barclays Center, New York; among others. A solo exhibition of von Rydinsgvard's work will be held at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Pennsylvania in December 2017.

Von Rydingsvard was born 1942 in Deensen, Germany. She has lived and worked in New York City for over 40 years.

Ursula von Rydingsvard Featured Artworks

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Untitled by Ursula von Rydingsvard contemporary artwork
Ursula von RydingsvardUntitled, 2016Handmade linen paper, pigment, pulp, fabric, and thread
86.4 x 63.5 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York Enquire about this work
Sans titre by Ursula von Rydingsvard contemporary artwork
Ursula von RydingsvardSans titre, 2019Handmade linen paper, silk and pigment
67.5 x 78.5 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris Enquire about this work
Mirage by Ursula von Rydingsvard contemporary artwork
Ursula von RydingsvardMirage, 2018Cedar
186.5 x 177 x 58.5 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris Enquire about this work
Malutka II by Ursula von Rydingsvard contemporary artwork
Ursula von RydingsvardMalutka II, 2018Bronze
179 x 135.5 x 94 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris Enquire about this work
Elegantka II by Ursula von Rydingsvard contemporary artwork
Ursula von RydingsvardElegantka II, 2013–2014/2016Urethane resin
320 x 116.8 x 116.8 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York Enquire about this work
NESTER by Ursula von Rydingsvard contemporary artwork
Ursula von RydingsvardNESTER, 2016Cedar
332.7 x 139.7 x 137.2 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York Enquire about this work
DWA by Ursula von Rydingsvard contemporary artwork
Ursula von RydingsvardDWA, 2017Cedar
264.2 x 177.8 x 129.5 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York Enquire about this work
Oziksien by Ursula von Rydingsvard contemporary artwork
Ursula von RydingsvardOziksien, 2016Cedar
368.3 x 312.4 x 76.2 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York Enquire about this work

Ursula von Rydingsvard Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Ursula von Rydingsvard, GDY ONA - When She at Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris, Paris
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21 November 2019–11 January 2020 Ursula von Rydingsvard GDY ONA - When She Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris, 13 Rue de Téhéran
Contemporary art exhibition, Ursula von Rydingsvard, TORN at Galerie Lelong & Co. New York, New York
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3 May–23 June 2018 Ursula von Rydingsvard TORN Galerie Lelong & Co. New York

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Ursula von Rydingsvard In Related Press

How Form Follows Feeling for Sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard Related Press How Form Follows Feeling for Sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard 17 July 2018, Hyperallergic

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?

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URSULA VON RYDINGSVARD: TORN Related Press URSULA VON RYDINGSVARD: TORN 5 June 2018, The Brooklyn Rail

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...

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Sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard prepares for her first British show Related Press Sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard prepares for her first British show 7 March 2014, Financial Times

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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