George Rickey

BIOGRAPHY

1907-2002

When he was young, George Rickey sailed the coast of Scotland, which later inspired his unique sculpture process using wind motion, enabled through his design of a universal joint.  Rickey cited the classic movements of the ship’s motion – pitch, roll and yaw – in his writings, The Morphology of Movement and Constructivism: Origins and Evolution.  At the age of 57, he exhibited the first of his seminal kinetic line sculptures at Documenta.  Rickey’s departure from Calder’s work, distributing his geometric forms in nonhierarchical configurations both random and ordered, earned him places in the permanent collections of the Hirshhorn Museum, the DeCordova Museum and the Walker Art Center.  Rickey studied at Balliol College and the Ruskin School at Oxford.