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Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds Ocula Conversation Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds

Geometric patterns, anthropomorphic characters, architectural spatial environments, and relics of the ancient world appear throughout Jess Johnson's artworks.Johnson's solo art-ventures began in drawing, but her long-term collaborative relationship with animator Simon Ward brings her drawings to life in videos and virtual reality. The animator has...

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Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger Ocula Conversation Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger

In 2012, Melati Suryodarmo opened Studio Plesungan in her native Surakarta, also known as Solo, the historic royal capital of the Mataram Empire of Java in Indonesia. Suryodarmo had returned to Indonesia from Germany, where she studied Butoh and choreography with Butoh dancer and choreographer Anzu Furukawa, time-based media with avantgarde...

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Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City Ocula Report Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City 15 Nov 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Under the direction of Folakunle Oshun, the second edition of the Lagos Biennial (26 October–23 November 2019) includes works by over 40 Lagos-based and international artists, architects, and collectives. Curated by architect Tosin Oshinowo, curator and producer Oyindamola Fakeye, and assistant curator of photography at the Art Institute of...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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Ursula von Rydingsvard

b. 1942, Germany

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.

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.

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Featured Artworks

Malutka II by Ursula von Rydingsvard contemporary artwork
Ursula von RydingsvardMalutka II, 2018 Bronze
179 x 135.5 x 94 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris
Elegantka II by Ursula von Rydingsvard contemporary artwork
Ursula von RydingsvardElegantka II, 2013–2014/2016 Urethane resin
320 x 116.8 x 116.8 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York
NESTER by Ursula von Rydingsvard contemporary artwork
Ursula von RydingsvardNESTER, 2016 Cedar
332.7 x 139.7 x 137.2 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York
DWA by Ursula von Rydingsvard contemporary artwork
Ursula von RydingsvardDWA, 2017 Cedar
264.2 x 177.8 x 129.5 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York
Oziksien by Ursula von Rydingsvard contemporary artwork
Ursula von RydingsvardOziksien, 2016 Cedar
368.3 x 312.4 x 76.2 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York
Z BOKU by Ursula von Rydingsvard contemporary artwork
Ursula von RydingsvardZ BOKU, 2017 Bronze
319.4 x 208.3 x 151.1 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York
Mundi by Ursula von Rydingsvard contemporary artwork
Ursula von RydingsvardMundi, 2012 Cedar, graphite
81.25 x 17 x 5 inches
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York

Current & Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Gdy Ona / When She at Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris, Paris
Opening Soon
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
Closed
3 May–23 June 2018 Ursula von Rydingsvard TORN Galerie Lelong & Co. New York

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

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 The Brooklyn Rail : 5 June 2018

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 Financial Times : 7 March 2014

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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