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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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Mike Bidlo: Art About Art

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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

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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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Nejad Melih Devrim: Byzantine Abstraction

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The Turkish abstract painter Nejad Melih Devrim was an important member of the postwar Parisian avant-garde, whose work continues to be highly sought after today. Hailing from a family of renowned intellectuals, authors and poets, he was the son of writer Izzet Melih Devrim and painter Fahrelnissa Zeid. These influences are evident in ‘Untitled’ (1957), a luminous painting produced during Devrim’s time in Paris.

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