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Sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard discusses her work and her sculpture “Ona,” a 19-and-a-half-foot tall, nearly 12-thousand-pound bronze art work that was commissioned as a permanent installation in the plaza in front of Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

© Ursula von Rydingsvard, Courtesy Galerie Lelong
Ursula von Rydingsvard. Luba. Cedar, Graphite, Bronze, 17'8" x 11'7" x 7'4." 2010. Photo Jerry L. Thompson
© Ursula von Rydingsvard, Courtesy Galerie Lelong
Ursula von Rydingsvard. Droga. Cedar, Graphite, 4'6" x 9'7" x 18'3." 2009. Photo: Michael and Rosalyn Bodycomb
© Ursula von Rydingsvard, Courtesy Galerie Lelong
Ursula von Rydingsvard. Damski Czepek. Polyurethane Resin, 11'11" x 33'10" x 30'4." 2006. Photo Jerry L. Thompson
© Ursula von Rydingsvard, Courtesy Galerie Lelong
Ursula von Rydingsvard. Elegantka Urethane, 8'2" x 3'1" x 3.' 2011. Photo Andy Ryan
© Ursula von Rydingsvard, Courtesy Galerie Lelong
Ursula von Rydingsvard. Unraveling. Cedar, Graphite, 11'6" x 18'6" x 2'5." 2007. Photo by Michael Bodycomb
© Ursula von Rydingsvard, Courtesy Galerie Lelong
Ursula von Rydingsvard. Paddy-Wack. Cedar, Graphite 6' x 30' x 60.' 1997. Photo Roslyn Banish

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Comments [2]

Joseph Donnally from Fairfield, CT

During the interview, Ursula von Rydingsvard interjects her thoughts about those who commission her and their potential steering of her thinking. Her explanation about the necessity of a commissioner/patron to trust in her instincts is one of the most gratifying explanations of trusting the artist that I've ever heard or read.

Thanks to the coincidence of my listening to WNYC.org when von Rydingsvard was being interviewed by the skillful Leonard Lopate, I found the artist's articulation of artistic freedom helping me, a landscape designer, to explain (or to risk) the essential yearning, to a client/commissioner, for trust/freedom. I am grateful to von Rydingsvard.

The sculptor's verbal clarity surely persuades a patron to, in fact, trust her. Her clarity inspires, I've no doubt, their trust. Von Rydingsvard's thoughtfulness, in the pursuit of art, makes me wish that Artemesia Gentileschi had lived now and were as articulate .... a foolishly romantic thought, I know.

Sep. 27 2013 06:41 PM

Very interesting interview. Great insight into an interesting public sculputure.

Sep. 26 2013 01:20 PM

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