Sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard will be in conversation with Rail ArtSeen Editor Amanda Gluibizzi and Rail Editor-at-Large Jason Rosenfeld. We’ll conclude with a poetry reading from Vi Khi Nao.
Ursula von Rydingsvard
Ursula von Rydingsvard was born 1942 in Deensen, Germany. She has lived and worked in New York City for over 40 years. Over a remarkable four-decade-long career, Ursula von Rydingsvard has become one of the most influential sculptors working today. She is best known for creating large-scale, often monumental sculpture from cedar beams, which she painstakingly cuts, assembles, and laminates before finally rubbing a graphite patina into the work’s textured, faceted surfaces. Her signature abstract shapes refer to things in the real world — vessels, bowls, tools, and other objects — each revealing the mark of the human hand while also summoning natural forms and forces. In recent years, von Rydingsvard has explored other mediums in depth, such as bronze, paper, and resin, continuing to expand upon her unique artistic vocabulary.
Amanda Gluibizzi is an ArtSeen editor at The Brooklyn Rail. An art historian, she is the co-director of The New Foundation for Art History and the author of Art and Design in 1960s New York (forthcoming).
Jason Rosenfeld, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Chair and Professor of Art History at Marymount Manhattan College. He was co-curator of the exhibitions John Everett Millais (Tate Britain, Van Gogh Museum), Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde (Tate Britain and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.), and River Crossings (Olana and Cedar Grove, Hudson and Catskill, New York). He is a Senior Writer and Editor-at-Large for the Brooklyn Rail.
The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poem, and
we’re fortunate to have
Vi Khi Nao
Vi Khi Nao
VI KHI NAO is the author of four poetry collections, a short stories collection titled, “A Brief Alphabet of Torture,” and a novel, “Fish in Exile.” Her work includes poetry, fiction, film and cross-genre collaboration. She was the Fall 2019 fellow at Black Mountain Institute.