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Ursula von Rydingsvard: Into Her Own

2019, Daniel Traub, USA/Italy, 57 min.

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"Von Rydingsvard’s favored forms are massive. They slump on the floor like hollow, tuberous mounds into which it’s tempting to crawl; or jut out from the wall; or else rise up like inverted megaliths or weathered geological forms. They’re dramatic, sensuous, but at the same time almost accidental, as if shaped organically by wind and water."--Sebastian Smee, Washington Post

“Pure visual pleasure from start to finish.”--Dorothy Woodend, The Tyee

URSULA VON RYDINGSVARD: INTO HER OWN is an artistic biography of one of the few women in the world working in monumental sculpture. Von Rydingsvard’s work has been featured in the Venice Biennale and is held in the collections of some of the world’s great museums, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and The Art Institute of Chicago, where her towering “Bronze Bowl with Lace” is installed on the Bluhm Family Terrace. The sculptures are massive, yet strangely intimate, and some feel imbued with an almost primal energy. Director Traub’s in-depth profile underlines von Rydingsvard’s passionate drive to create, and follows her life’s journey from post-WWII upheaval and trauma to the present, as she oversees a host of collaborators, including cutters and metal-smiths, to undertake the most complex and challenging project of her career. [Closed-captioned] (Description courtesy of Icarus Films)

Click here to view Director Daniel Traub and artist Ursula von Rydingsvard participate in a moderated discussion with Robyn Farrell, the Art Institute of Chicago's Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art.

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