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Ursula von Rydingsvard | Giotto

EXCLUSIVE: Ursula von Rydingsvard in her Brooklyn, New York studio.

Ursula von Rydingsvard builds towering cedar structures, creating an intricate network of individual beams and sensuous, puzzle-like surfaces. While abstract at its core, Von Rydingsvard’s work takes visual cues from the landscape, the human body, and utilitarian objects—such as the artist’s collection of household vessels—and demonstrates an interest in the point where the man-made meets nature.

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LEARN: Ursula von Rydingsvard is featured in the Season 4 (2007) episode Ecology of the Art:21—Art in the Twenty-First Century television series on PBS.

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PHOTO | Art:21‚—Art in the Twenty-First Century, production stills, 2007. © Art21, Inc.

VIDEO | Producer: Susan Sollins & Nick Ravich. Camera: Joel Shapiro. Sound: Mark Mandler & Roger Phenix. Editor: Steven Wechsler.


  1. I have been an admirer of Ursula von Rydingsvard work for many years and was surprised that her choice of an artist from the past is the Italian master Giotto.But I think this goes to show the link that artists have with each other, not only from a sense of time but visually and methodologies as well. I hope she will someday consider exhibiting her drawings, they look incredible.

  2. Wesley- Great video! You’re doing such inspiring work with Art:21, congrats!

    I was lucky enough to see Ursula’s “Pod Pacha” along with her drawings from her Italian residency, at the Portland Art Museum last year. It was wonderful to experience the physicality of the work.

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