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George Rickey

Unstable Rhombus and Square

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July 19, 04:18 PM GMT


30,000 - 50,000 USD

Lot Details


George Rickey

1907 - 2002

Unstable Rhombus and Square

incised with the artist's signature Rickey, dated 1981-89 and numbered 2/3 (on the base)

stainless steel

Height: 40 in. (101.6 cm.)

Executed in 1981-89; this work is number 2 from an edition of 3.

Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner in 1989

“Since the design of the movement is paramount, shape, for me, should have no significance of itself; it merely makes movement evident.” — George Rickey 

Unstable Rhombus and Square serves as a quintessential example of Rickey’s delicately crafted kinetic sculptures. The present work, which the artist would describe as a “useless machine”, exists as a poetic structure which gravitates in its own space and time. By creating his own machines deprived of any apparent functionality, the artist is rejecting the mechanization of production in America’s consumerist society. His graceful sculptures capture the beauty of meaningless movement guided by the natural world. Rickel’s works, in which the element of perceptible time is incorporated into an essentially timeless medium, continue to spellbind viewers around the globe.