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    Ursula von Rydingsvard:

    Burnt Honey, 2011-2014

    This work is available with proceeds supporting SculptureCenter programming. To inquire about the work, contact Jillian Scott at jscott@sculpture-center.org.

    In 2011, SculptureCenter premiered Ursula von Rydingsvard: Sculpture 1991 – 2009, a traveling exhibition of the artist's most significant sculptures, including wall reliefs and monumental cedar works. Von Rydingsvard is best known for creating large-scale, often monumental sculpture from cedar beams, which she painstakingly cuts, assembles, glues, clamps, and laminates, finally rubbing powdered graphite into the work's textured, faceted surfaces. Her signature shapes are abstract, with references to things in the real world. Drawing on a range of sources, from the humble to the majestic, von Rydingsvard's work is recognized for its great psychological force and powerful physical presence.

    Ursula von Rydingsvard's first solo exhibition was presented in New York in 1975 and she has been exhibiting her work in museums and galleries internationally ever since. Over a remarkable four-decade-long career, Ursula von Rydingsvard has become one of the most influential sculptors working today. 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. 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. Recent solo museum exhibitions include Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling at the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Pennsylvania and Now, She, a presentation of large-scale outdoor sculptures at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania.

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