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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.

Text courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. New York.

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Untitled by Ursula von Rydingsvard contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Ursula von Rydingsvard Untitled, 2022 Charcoal and graphite on paper
57.1 x 76.5 cm
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GRZEBIEŃ BIATY by Ursula von Rydingsvard contemporary artwork sculpture
Ursula von Rydingsvard GRZEBIEŃ BIATY, 2022 Cedar
116.8 x 81.3 x 81.3 cm
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OGRÒDEK by Ursula von Rydingsvard contemporary artwork sculpture
Ursula von Rydingsvard OGRÒDEK, 2022 Cedar and graphite
137.2 x 95.3 x 34.3 cm
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GÒRKA by Ursula von Rydingsvard contemporary artwork sculpture
Ursula von Rydingsvard GÒRKA, 2021 Cedar
205.7 x 104.1 x 35.6 cm
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NABOŻNY by Ursula von Rydingsvard contemporary artwork sculpture
Ursula von Rydingsvard NABOŻNY, 2019 Cedar and graphite
119.4 x 176.5 x 64.8 cm
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ZGINEŁA by Ursula von Rydingsvard contemporary artwork sculpture
Ursula von Rydingsvard ZGINEŁA, 2017–2019 Cedar
260.4 x 184.2 x 236.2 cm
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CISZA by Ursula von Rydingsvard contemporary artwork sculpture
Ursula von Rydingsvard CISZA, 2020–2021 Cedar
378.5 x 200.7 x 208.3 cm
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Sans titre by Ursula von Rydingsvard contemporary artwork mixed media
Ursula von Rydingsvard Sans titre, 2019 Handmade linen paper, silk and pigment
67.5 x 78.5 cm
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