American, born Germany, b. 1942
For Paul, 1990–92/2001
Cedar and graphite
14 ft. 4 in. x 9 ft. x 13 ft. 8 in. (436.9 x 274.3 x 416.6 cm)
Gift of Sherry and Joel Mallin, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Vera G. List, Ann M. Hatch, and Steven and Nancy Oliver
© Ursula von Rydingsvard, courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York
Photo by Jerry L. Thompson
Ursula von Rydingsvard’s primary material—used in constructing both Luba and For Paul—is four-by-four lengths of cedar wood, a material that, as the artist has said, “it seems to be I’m able to speak through.” Von Rydingsvard stacks, glues, and cuts into these beams freehand with a circular saw—an intuitive process that the artist has likened to the freedom and creativity that many artists associate with the process of drawing. Luba is the first work on a large scale that von Rydingsvard created in solid cedar. For Paul, made nearly twenty years prior, is composed of an internal honeycomb pattern and sited so that its repeated openings can be seen from a landing above. For Paul is dedicated to von Rydingsvard’s husband.