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Peter’s Auction Picks of the Day: George Rickey

George Rickey

I’d like to highlight the work of renowned kinetic sculptor George Rickey ahead of our May 21, 2017 Modern Art & Design auction, which will include two major works by the artist: Two Open Rectangles Diagonal Jointed Gyratory II (1997) and Two Open Triangles Leaning Gyratory III (1988). Rickey began making linear steel mobiles during his time in the American Air Force, between 1942-1945, when he was inspired by the principles of physics, as well as forms in nature.

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Paul Jenkins: Sublime Color

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Paul Jenkins (1923-2012) was one of the foremost American abstract painters of the postwar era. ‘Phenomena Wind at the Foot of the Anvil’ (1975) was painted during a high point in the artist’s career when retrospectives of his work were presented at prominent international institutions such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; San Francisco Museum of Art (both 1971); and the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Charleroi (1974). He had many famous patrons including the former First Lady of France, Danielle Mitterrand and fashion designer Pierre Cardin, who commissioned his work for one of his boutiques.

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Mike Bidlo: Art About Art

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Appropriation artist Mike Bidlo is best known for his “Masterpieces Series,” for which he produced precise replicas of canonical works by modernist masters. Bidlo’s homages deliberately emulate the works of those mythologized as artistic geniuses, such as Andy Warhol, Marcel Duchamp, and Pablo Picasso. ‘Not Brancusi’ (1985) mimics Constantin Brancusi’s famed marble sculpture Mademoiselle Pogany, in this case carved from wood, not stone.

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Wayne Thiebaud: Nostalgic View

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Celebrated American artist Wayne Thiebaud is best known for his pastel-hued paintings of confections and popular novelties, from cakes and ice cream sundaes to lipsticks and shoes. ‘Seclusion (1959) is a rare and distinguished color screenprint that contains the visual seed for Thiebaud’s future work. The artist continued to produce landscapes of places familiar to him throughout his career, from San Francisco cityscapes to views of Sacramento.

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Alfonso Ossorio: Textured Abstraction

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

The Filipino American artist Alfonso Ossorio (1916–1990) played a crucial role in fostering the development of postwar painting in America. ‘Acrobatic Babies’ (1950) is a compact and frenetic work on paper that embodies the strange and beguiling power of his extensive paintings. At first glance this tangle of white lines amid a wash of red and black looks to be an abstract image. However, on closer inspection, a pair of loosely-rendered cherubic figures can be seen.

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