Ursula Von Rydingsvard

Born 1942
Hometown Deensen, Germany
Lives and Works New York, NY
MFA, Columbia University, New York, NY, 1975
University of California, Berkeley, CA, 1970
BA, MA, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, 1965
University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, 1962

Ursula Von Rydingsvard Gallery Art

Galerie Lelong, New York, NY

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, WA
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, CA
Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland
Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT

Ursula von Rydingsvard is best known for her large-scale sculptures made from carved cedar planks, a material she began using in the 1970s. Her work simultaneously reflects the influence of Minimalist sculpture as well as the organic, primordial forms of prehistoric cultures. Born to a Polish family in Germany in the midst of World War II, the artist spent her early years in refugee camps before eventually settling in the United States—an experience that she often describes as formative for her work.

A common motif in von Rydingsvard's oeuvre is the bowl, which alternately suggests domestic tools, the topology of mountainous landscapes, primitive dwellings, and the human body. In Dorotka (2008), pigmented cedar forms recall a boulder or cavern, while the bulbous Bowl With Mantle (2008) resembles a beehive or an elaborate vase.

Von Rydingsvard's work has been the subject of solo shows internationally, including the traveling exhibition Ursula von Rydingsvard: Sculpture 1991-2009, organized by New York's SculptureCenter. Her work has also been included in exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Walker Art Center, and Storm King. She is the recipient of a Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture (2011), a Joan Mitchell Foundation Award (1997) and an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1994), as well as fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation (1983) and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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