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Lot 21 R

George Rickey - Two Open Triangles U p IV

Auction 1177 - overview Cologne
17.06.2021, 18:00 - Modern/Contemporary Art - Evening Sale
Estimate: 50.000 €
Result: 62.500 € (incl. premium)

George Rickey

Two Open Triangles U p IV

Kinetic stainless steel sculpture with two moveable triangles. Height approx. 133 cm, depth approx. 18.3 cm. Limb length 122 cm, 86.5 cm and 86.5 cm. Scratched signature and date 'Rickey 1983' and number on the plinth. Numbered 1/3. - Minor traces of age.

„George Rickey's kinetic sculptures are composed almost entirely of straight-edged shapes - long tapering blades and rectangular or square planes of stainless steel. But the trajectories that these rectilinear shapes draw in space are curved. The distinction is important because, for Rickey, the movements of forms shaping space are of greater interest than the forms themselves. Motion, speed and duration are his real materials. He explores a counterpoint of visible and invisible geometry in constructions that are as simple and straightforward as Shaker tools, but as mysterious in their implications as God's compass in Medieval images of Genesis. Though Rickey's sculptures move simply and along defined paths, their activity is determined by the whims of wind and is thus complex, random, endlessly intriguing. […] His preference in motion is for slowness, smoothness and silence, just as his preference in shape is for spare simplicity. This aesthetic stems from his desire that nothing should distract from the articulation of space by movement. The slow, fluctuating pace of his sculptures is subtle and suspenseful, not purposeful or mechanical. Slow movements engage the viewer's attention cumulatively through time; one does not merely look at a Rickey sculpture, one watch it, as one might watch waves.” (Hayden Herrera, in: George Rickey. Skulpturen Material Technik, exhib. Cat. Amerika Haus Berlin 1979, p.12/13).


Written confirmation from Philip Rickey, The Estate of George Rickey, East Chatham, dated 07.10.2019.


Zabriskie Gallery, New York; Christie's New York, 11.05.2016, lot 299


Kinderhook 1983 (Landhaus Galleries), A spring Art Event to benefit the Columbia County Council of the Arts