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Ursula von Rydingsvard, Sculpture 1991-2009
SculptureCenter, New York .

23.01 - 28.03.2011

07.09 - 25.11.2012

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Press release

SculptureCenter is pleased to premiere Ursula von Rydingsvard: Sculpture 1991 - 2009. Organized by SculptureCenter, this traveling exhibition will include a selection of the artist's most significant sculptures, including wall reliefs and monumental cedar works created from 1991 to 2009. The SculptureCenter presentation will also feature several works not traveling including a new cast resin piece to be installed in SculptureCenter's outdoor exhibition court. Ursula von Rydingsvard: Sculpture will be accompanied by a fully- illustrated monograph co- published by Prestel and authored by art historian Patricia Phillips. The exhibition will be on view January 24 - March 28, 2011. An opening reception will take place Sunday January 23rd 5-7 pm and is open to the public. The artist will be present.

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. In wall sculptures such as Untitled (Spoon Shovel) (1991-1992) and Finger Spoon (2007), the artist lends a dignity to works resembling familiar household items; while the initially strange Maglownica (1995), a tall, bumpy cedar plank sheathed in cow intestines, turns out to have similar, personal associations.

A maglownica is an object traditionally used by Polish farmwomen to soften sheets with a rubbing motion after washing. Von Rydingsvard's most enduring form is the bowl, which may appear as a shallow or towering form, and may alternately evoke nourishment, domesticity, the body, a simple enclosure, or a mountain, among other references. The exhibition includes the five undulating bowls that make up Krasawica II (1998-2001), Ukrainian for beautiful young woman, whose overall shape conveys a fluid sense of movement and vitality despite its substantial, weighty volume; as well as the large, low basin, ringed with bulbous, stuffed-intestinal forms, whose primal, physical gravity recalls the Ocean Floor (1996). The exhibition is organized by SculptureCenter and guest-curated by Helaine Posner.


Exhibition January 23 until March 28, 2011. SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves Street - Long Island City, New York. Tel.: 718.361.1750. Exhibition hours : Thursday - Monday, 11am - 6pm. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

After the New York presentation, the exhibition will travel to the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (May 16 - August 28,2011); Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (September 23, 2011 - March 25, 2012) and the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University in Miami (April 18 - August 4, 2012).

Ursula von Rydingsvard, Sculpture 1991-2009, SculptureCenter, New York

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