Contemporary Art | New York

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Property from an Important Pennsylvania Collection

GEORGE RICKEY | FLEURS DE ROCAILLE AMETHYST I (SEVEN ROTORS WITH AMETHYST)

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July 17, 04:32 PM GMT

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20,000 - 30,000 USD

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Property from an Important Pennsylvania Collection

GEORGE RICKEY

1907 - 2002

FLEURS DE ROCAILLE AMETHYST I (SEVEN ROTORS WITH AMETHYST)


incised with the artist’s signature and date 64

stainless steel and amethyst

13½ by 8½ by 6½ in. (34.3 by 21.6 by 16.5 cm.)

Executed in 1964, this work is unique.

Staempfli Gallery, New York

Acquired from the above by the present owner in January 1965

"Time is an undeniable component in all kinetic art: motion can occur only during a span of time. Rickey's works can gently heighten viewer's awareness of time actually passing and, in a marvelously indirect way, persuade them to recognize the beauty of pure abstraction... We observe the seemingly random movements and note that fluctuating air currents cause different actions. Some appear to defy logic and the laws of physics, even as they operate within those laws... With patience we discern some patterns, but also realize that they are not consistently predictable; patterns involve in an open-ended process." 


(Valerie Fletcher "George Rickey, Poetry in Motion," George Rickey, Kinetic Sculpture: A Retrospective, p. 26)