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Ursula von Rydingsvard
Born 1942 in Deensen, Germany
Lives and works in New York, NY
Bowl with Sacks, 1998
cedar wood with graphite
35 x 60 x 60 inches
Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection
Gift of the R. C. Kemper Charitable Trust and Foundation
1998.4a–c
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German-born sculptor von Rydingsvard emigrated to the United States in 1950 after living in refugee camps with her family following World War II. Rejecting the industrial materials favored by Minimalists, she began working with cedar in 1976. Using four-by-four-inch beams, she cuts, stacks, and secures them to one another, then carves them into abstract yet suggestive forms. To give them a weathered appearance, she finished the forms by rubbing them with powdered graphite.