Tuesday, October 22, 2013

ISC Awards Lifetime Achievement Awards to Judy Pfaff and Ursula von Rydingsvard

The International Sculpture Center (ISC) has announced that the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to world-renowned sculptors Judy Pfaff and Ursula von Rydingsvard at the 23rd Annual Lifetime Achievement Award Gala. Ms. Pfaff and Ms. von Rydingsvard are expected to attend this event, where arts patrons and professionals will come together in celebration of their remarkable careers. This exciting event will occur in the Spring of 2014 in New York City.

Judy Pfaff weaves landscapes, architecture, and color to create tense, elaborate sculptures and installations that speak to order and disorder simultaneously. A pioneer of site-specific installation art in the 1970s, Pfaff combines painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, and architecture to create works that are equally dependent on intense planning and improvisation. Space seems to expand and collapse in these installations, fluctuating from two to three dimensions with a wide range of materials. She is the recipient of many fellowships and grants, including the prestigious “genious” grant of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts grants in 1979 and 1986

Ursula von Rydingsvard, River Bowl, 2001. Cedar 174 x 120 x 120 in. courtesy: Galerie Lelong

Ursula von Rydingsvard is best known for creating large-scale, monumental sculpture from cedar beams, which she painstakingly cuts, assembles, and laminates, finally rubbing powdered graphite into the work’s faceted surfaces. Von Rydingsvard’s sculptures are in numerous permanent collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. Her current projects include outdoor sculptures for Princeton University and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.. Von Rydingsvard’s first permanent outdoor sculpture in Brooklyn- her workplace of 35 years -was recently installed at the Barclays Center.

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