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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.

SELECTED MUSEUM COLLECTIONS:
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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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Indentations / Ding
Area: Margin, Image
Location: Overall
Notes: minor indentations to the metal, upper left and botom side area, and minor dings on the surface of the polished steel piece. Could use minor cleaning.
Degree: Minor
Surface Abrasions / Scratches
Area: Image
Location: Overall
Notes: minor surface abrasions and minor rusting
Degree: Minor

Definition Key
Area
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.



Degree
Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

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Provenance:
  • Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York, NY Private Collection, NY
Exhibition:
Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York, NY
  • Pickup Location: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 7.48 x 6.1 x 6.1 in. (19 x 15.49 x 15.49 cm.)
Accepted: Wire Transfer, Check
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