George Rickey was born in Southbend, Indiana in 1907. He graduated with a B.A. in Modern History from Balliol College in Oxford, England. Subsequent studies in drawing and painting were completed at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford and the Academie Andre Lhote and Academie Moderne in Paris, France. From 1930 to 1945, Rickey traveled extensively in the U.S., Germany, and Mexico. This period was devoted to cubist painting and instructing at numerous Universities in Massachusetts, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and lllinois. Rickey constructed his first mobile in 1945. His works were classified in the realm of constructivism and kinetic sculpture, utilizing spare, reduced forms such as pointed metal beams, light-reflecting metal strips and small rotors.
Recognition of his work followed in the 1960's. His works increased in size and experimentation with the effects of gravity and the design of bearings, producing "fluid mastery" .Rickey's role as an artist is rooted in the capturing of movement and time with his sculptures.
This piece of sculpture represents the quintessential work of the master of kinetic art. The stainless steel balded sculpture was among the earliest expressions of the artist's vocabulary and remains one of the most popular today.
Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
State Capitol, Albany, New York
Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas
Kunsthalle der Stadt, Bielefeld, Germany
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
Hirshhom Museum, Washington, D. C .
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio
Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado
City Hall, Fort Worth, Texas
University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland
Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek, Denmark
Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
Dartmouth College Museum, Hanover, New Hampshire
Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Holland
Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City, Missouri
Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii
Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California
Franklin Murphy Sculpture Garden, UCLA, Los Angeles, California
Brooks Memorial Art Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Rijksmuseum Kroller Muller, Otterlo, Holland
Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, New York
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut
The Tate Gallery, London, England
California State University, Northridge, California
Oakland Museum, Oakland, California
National Memorial Museum of Expo, Osaka, Japan
The Whitney Museum, New York
Fine Arts Gallery, San Diego, California
San Jose University Art Gallery, San Jose, California
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California -,
Hakone Open-Air Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
York University, Toronto, Canada
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
National Collection of Fine Arts, Washington, D.C.
Klinikum, Freie Universitat, Berlin, Germany
Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany