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George Rickey, ‘Open Trapezoids Eccentric One Up One Down III’, 1981-1987, Christie's
George Rickey, ‘Open Trapezoids Eccentric One Up One Down III’, 1981-1987, Christie's
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George Rickey

Open Trapezoids Eccentric One Up One Down III, 1981-1987

Brushed aluminum
76 × 38 × 14 in
193 × 96.5 × 35.6 cm
Edition 3/3
This is part of a limited edition set.
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Signed, numbered and dated '3/3 George Rickey 1981'
George Rickey
American, 1907–2002
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George Rickey is known for abstract kinetic sculptures, inspired by Alexander Calder’s mobiles and the geometric forms of Constructivism. “His work was in step with new sculpture trends toward abstract simplification,” wrote New York Times critic Ken Johnson. Yet, slight variations in air currents could make the sculptures—comprised of lines, planes, rotors, volumes, and churns—oscillate or gyrate, an effect translated especially impressively in his large-scale works. For instance, passing breezes cause the stainless steel bars to pivot 360 degrees around a central post in the enormous Two Lines up Eccentric VI (1977), forming graceful patterns against the sky. Unlike his peer in kinetic sculpture, Jean Tinguely, Rickey never used internal motors or engines to power his sculptures’ movement.

George Rickey, ‘Open Trapezoids Eccentric One Up One Down III’, 1981-1987, Christie's
George Rickey, ‘Open Trapezoids Eccentric One Up One Down III’, 1981-1987, Christie's
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About the work
Provenance
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Christie's
Medium
Sculpture
Signature
Signed, numbered and dated '3/3 George Rickey 1981'
George Rickey
American, 1907–2002
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George Rickey is known for abstract kinetic sculptures, inspired by Alexander Calder’s mobiles and the geometric forms of Constructivism. “His work was in step with new sculpture trends toward abstract simplification,” wrote New York Times critic Ken Johnson. Yet, slight variations in air currents could make the sculptures—comprised of lines, planes, rotors, volumes, and churns—oscillate or gyrate, an effect translated especially impressively in his large-scale works. For instance, passing breezes cause the stainless steel bars to pivot 360 degrees around a central post in the enormous Two Lines up Eccentric VI (1977), forming graceful patterns against the sky. Unlike his peer in kinetic sculpture, Jean Tinguely, Rickey never used internal motors or engines to power his sculptures’ movement.

George Rickey

Open Trapezoids Eccentric One Up One Down III, 1981-1987

Brushed aluminum
76 × 38 × 14 in
193 × 96.5 × 35.6 cm
Edition 3/3
This is part of a limited edition set.
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
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