The National Museum of Women in Arts is presenting Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling, thru July 28.The contemporary German artist’s monumental wood sculptures “evoke the grandeur and power of nature. They simultaneously bear evidence of the artist’s meticulous process of cutting, shaping, and assembling thousands of cedar blocks.” The exhibition focuses on von Rydingsvard’s artistic development since 2000 and her commitment to experimentation.The exhibition is organized by the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, and is the artist’s first solo exhibition in D.C.
The National Museum of Women in the Arts is exhibiting a New York Avenue Sculpture Project by Betsabeé Romero, thru September 28, 2020.Romero, who is a contemporary Mexico City-based sculptor, developed four sculptures expressly for the installation by assembling carved and painted tires into totemic structures. The structures “speak to themes of human migration and the natural environment.”The artist uses a process similar to tattooing as she carves figures and intricate patterns into the sidewalls and treads of tires, and then fills in the motifs with gleaming metallic paint. Interior lighting gives each piece an otherworldly glow.
Image below: Betsabeé Romero, En cautiverio (In captivity) (rendering), 2018; Two tractor tires with engraving, gold leaf, and silver leaf and steel support, each approx. 78 3/4 x 51 1/4 x 19 5/8 in.; Courtesy Betsabeé Romero Art Studio