Two Open Triangles Up Gyratory

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 Illinois. 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 was dedicated to the memory of the Holocaust. The beauty and magic of this kinetic work is a constant reminder of hope in the midst of the darkest hour in the history of the Jewish people. All of George Rickey's kinetic work is about movement and space and the constant changing of that space and movement. The artist in writing about his work reflects, "I found that I did not want to merely to set a static art in motion, nor did I want to describe the dynamic world around me with a series of moving images. I wanted the whole range of movements themselves at my disposal, not to describe what I observed in the world around me, but to be themselves, performing in a world of their own."

Selected Public Collections
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
Hirschhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio
Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado
University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland
Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek, Denmark
Dartmouth College Museum, Hanover, New Hampshire
Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Holland
Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City, Missouri
Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii
Franklin Murphy Sculpture Garden, UCLA, Los Angeles, California
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Rijksmuseum Kroller Muller, Otterlo, Holland
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut
The Tate Gallery, London, England
California State University, Northridge, California
National Memorial Museum of Expo, Osaka, Japan
The Whitney Museum, New York
Fine Arts Gallery, San Diego, 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. ..,
Klinikum, Freie Universitat, Berlin, Germany
Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany