Ursula von Rydingsvard: Sculpture
April 21, 2012 – August 5, 2012 Von Rydingsvard is renowned for creating large-scale, often monumental sculpture from cedar beams which she painstakingly cuts, assembles, glues, clamps and laminates, finally rubbing powered graphite into the work’s textured surfaces. Her signature shapes are abstract, with references to things from 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.The exhibition was recently honored with the U.S. section of the International Association of Art Critics' annual award for Best Show in a Non-Profit Gallery or Space for its premiere at the SculptureCenter, NY. Ursula von Rydingsvard: Sculpture is organized by SculptureCenter. The exhibition and its tour are made possible with the support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and Agnes Gund.
DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT This long-awaited exhibition of the monumental sculptures of Ursula von Rydingsvard will be the rst opportunity for the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum to install works that enhance its dramatic and challenging spaces, while paying tribute to one remarkable artist. Born Urszula Karoliszyn in Deensen, Germany, of a Polish mother and Polish-speaking Ukrainian father, war forced her family into refugee camps in Germany where they survived under difcult circumstances that would forever mark her life and her work. For over thirty years, von Rydingsvard has constructed large cedar works by cutting, stacking, gluing and clamping modules into majestic forms that speak of her personal experiences, centuries-old traditions. Replete with references to the history of art, memory, identity and the functions of the mind, each work explores time and environmental space, with which the viewer is invited to interact and confront a personal experience of the self. The raw power of her work resonates with a message as intimate as it is universal, and as mysterious as the past that dwells within the soul of each stately formation. The exhibition was recently honored with the U.S. section of the International Association of Art Critics' annual award for Best Show in a Non-Proot Gallery or Space for its premiere at the SculptureCenter, NY. We are grateful to the SculptureCenter for including the Frost Art Museum in its traveling schedule, and to the curator Helaine Posner for her thoughtful analysis of each work. Most of all, we are grateful to Ursula von Rydingsvard for allowing us to share her extraordinary creations and introduce the university and Florida communities to works that command such timeless authority and presence. Carol Damian Director Frost Art Museum Ocean Floor, 1996 Cedar, graphite and intestines 36 x 156 x 132 inches Courtesy the artist and Galerie Lelong Installation view, SculptureCenter Photo: Jason Mandella