Studio Visit: Selected Gifts from Agnes Gund

Ursula von Rydingsvard. Bent Lace. 2014

Ursula von Rydingsvard. Bent Lace. 2014. Bronze, 112 x 69 x 40" (284.5 x 175.3 x 101.6 cm). Gift of Agnes Gund in honor of David Rockefeller on his 100th birthday

Agnes Gun: Ursula von Rydingsvard—talk about a studio visit that is just astonishing is to go and see her studio and all the people and the way they're working and what she does.

She has a plan and she does drawings, not really maquettes that she makes but really working from the drawing, scaling it up to the size that she does. I think the piece that most drew me to it was the way this front was very different from the structure of the other part of it, and I thought that really made a lot of difference.

Curator, Ann Temkin: Aggie has collected scores of works by women artists over the decades. When she was first starting out as a collector, she noticed that there were not many women represented by commercial galleries. From then on, she made it a mission to bring them forward. In the intervening years, to some degree the gallery world and the museum world has been busy catching up with Aggie.

Agnes Gund: I was told really by gallerists, and some of them women too, that they just couldn't sell women artists very well because people wanted, even in those days in the 60s, 70s and 80s, that they wanted a person that they could count on rising in value. And women they said weren’t going to give them that chance to sell to men mostly that wanted to buy things that would appreciate and I was very distressed by that. I must say I was really sort of thinking, well, where do I find the women artists?

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