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Draping and Shaping Wood:
A Conversation with Ursula von Rydingsvard

by Jan Garden Castro

Ursula von Rydingsvard’s recent and upcoming exhibitions—commissions for the North Carolina Museum of Art and Storm King Art Center, large new work at New York’s Galerie LeLong, and a 35-year retrospective at the SculptureCenter in 2011—demonstrate that her new work writhes, twists, leaps, and otherwise moves in ways that wood has never moved before. Wedges, knobs, teeth, and other details suggest fabric or bodies moving in space.

Droga, 2009.
Cedar and graphite, 54 x 115 x 219 in.

Photo: Michael Bodycomb, © 2010 Ursula von Rydingsvard, Courtesy Galerie Lelong, NY



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