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Ursula Von Rydingsvard Working by Patricia C. Phillips, Helaine Posner

Ursula Von Rydingsvard Working


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Ursula Von Rydingsvard Working by Patricia C. Phillips, Helaine Posner

Von Rydingsvard's massive sculptures reveal the trace of the human hand and resemble wooden bowls, tools, and walls that seem to echo the artist's Polish heritage. Born in Germany in 1942, she and her family were among the dispossessed forced to move from one refugee camp to another for years after that country's defeat; they eventually settled in the United States. The artist's respect for organic materials and the dignity of labour, and the sense of loss, pain, and persistent memories that inform her work, may be traced back to these formative experiences. Essentially abstract, von Rydingsvard's monumental site-specific work frequently references familiar forms, from mountains to simple tools and bowl-like vessels. The aggressive cuts and delicate lines made by the artist leave an indelible trace of human touch and intention. A selection of process shots, drawings, and views of works in various stages of construction lends additional context and a sense of the process behind the artist's intensely physical and deeply personal art.

About the Author

Patricia Phillips is Dean of Graduate Studies at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her essays and reviews have appeared in publications including Artforum, Art in America, Flash Art, Sculpture, and Public Art Review. Helaine Posner is Chief Curator of the Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, New York. Her books include After the Revolution: Women Who Transformed Contemporary Art (Prestel).

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Publication date

1st March 2011


Patricia C. Phillips, Helaine Posner

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224 pages


Art & design styles: from c 1960
Individual artists, art monographs



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