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George Rickey (American, 1907–2002)
LOT ID: 66109
Untitled ("For Louis"), 1968

Steel, Brushed Steel and Hard Wood
7.48 х 6.1 х 6.1 in. (19 x 15.49 x 15.49 cm.)
Inscribed, other, Engraved, "Rickey", numbered "5/8", and inscribed, "For Louis" bottom of steel component.
Print/Casting Year 1968
Edition 5/8
Foundry/Publisher George Rickey
Lot description
Exemplifying the aesthetic simplicity he later became renowned for, this work by George Rickey incorporates a brushed steel square set above a hard wood base. His work is reminiscent of Constructivism, applying geometric shapes and engineering to create various configurations which interacted with their environment. Here the repetitive lines of the brushed steel reflect the light, bouncing it off the surface and adding an unexpectedly dimensionality to the sculpture.

Combining his love of engineering and mechanics, American artist George Rickey (1907-2002) developed and perfected the idea of movement and natural time for his kinetic sculptures. Like Jean Tinguely, he employed only the natural laws of wind and gravity without the use of auxiliary power. Inspired by Alexander Calder, Rickey produced his first mobiles in 1945 combining graceful, yet solid geometric forms together in a lyrical choreography of moving metal parts. The artist has received numerous awards over the course of his career, most notably the Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award from the International Sculpture Center.

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum , New York, NY
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
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