The Contemporary Austin announced today that it has acquired “Luna” — a sculpture by the noted German-born New York-based sculpture Ursula von Rydingsvard.
It is the first work of art given to the Contemporary since the museum established the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Garden at Laguna Gloria last year with a $9 million grant from the Marcus Foundation. The museum earmarked monies from the Marcus Foundation for commissioning and acquiring sculpture and permanent outdoor installations.
Made of urethane resin that absorbs and reflects sunlight, “Luna” was cast from a full-scale model of cedar planks. The sculpture is a gift from Kansas City, Mo., art collectors Morton and Estell Sosland along with Galerie Lelong.
Active since the late 1970s, von Rydingsvard is probably best-known for her often monumental sculptures painstakingly cut and assembled from cedar beam. Her work is in the permanent collections of Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the National Gallery of Art.
Von Rydingsvard visited Laguna Gloria last year at the invitation of the museum. Museum director Louis Grachos said he hoped that the recent donation of “Luna” would ” launch an ongoing relationship between Ursula and our space at Laguna Gloria.”
“Luna” has been installed on a prominent place at Laguna Gloria, immediately inside the main entrance gate to the 12-acre lakeside campus.
“The location of ‘Luna’ seems like an ideal one for greeting people as they arrive to the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park,” said von Rydingsvard in an official release. “At night, the sculpture will take advantage of the light coming through the resin wall from the inside, amplifying all the forming and scoring of its surfaces.”
“’Luna’ is made out of a very dense material, urethane resin, that I chose because it has the capacity of absorbing and reflecting sunlight. A touch of color (like the color one sees in water, sky or clouds) was added to the resin.”