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Ursula von Rydingsvard Ona, 2013 © Ursula von Rydingsvard, courtesy of Galerie Lelong photo: Piotr Redlinski
Ursula von Rydingsvard is a sculptor who has been working in Brooklyn, New York, for over 30 years. Von Rydingsvard 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.

Ursula von Rydingsvard’s sculpture is included in numerous permanent collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. She has received two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture, three awards from the American section of the International Association of Art Critics, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2011, a monograph by Patricia Phillips was published on her work, and the Sculpture Center in NYC presented a survey of her sculpture, which was named “Best Show in a Non-Profit Space” by AICA-USA. Her current projects include commissions for a Princeton University complex designed by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien and a permanent outdoor sculpture in front of the East Wing of the National Gallery in Washington DC. Her bronze outdoor sculpture Ona was recently installed near the main entrance of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. April 3, 2014 will be the opening of a retrospective exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in England. Learn more about Ursula von Rydingsvard here.

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