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