George Rickey

Artist Spotlight: George Rickey

May 5, 2019

Artist Spotlight: George Rickey

While Rickey applied colors to his early kinetic works, by the 1970s he had largely omitted color as an important element of his sculptural practice. However, during the 1990s Rickey appeared to reconsider his conceptual roots. Soon after he produced his series of model ships, Rickey crafted works that tested Josef Albers’ seminal color theories on the relational exchanges between color and shape to simulate motion on a two-dimensional surface.

Read more about George Rickey in today’s Artist Spotlight for the May 19, 2019 Modern Art and Design Auction.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Kinetic Art

February 20, 2018

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA), February 25, 2018

A movement of movement, kinetic art has been in a state of evolution from its nascence. The wide range of works featured in our February 25, 2018 Modern Art and Design Auction that feature kinetic elements is a testament to this ongoing evolution.

Peter’s Auction Picks of the Day: George Rickey

May 16, 2017

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.

Just In: Elegant Kinetic Sculpture by George Rickey

March 28, 2017

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

LAMA is delighted to present a monumental kinetic sculpture by celebrated American artist George Rickey, which will be available in our May 21, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction. Two Open Rectangles Diagonal Jointed Gyratory (1997) is an outstanding example of the artist’s late work. Comprising two narrow rectangles atop a tall steel rod to form a cruciform shape, the ‘open rectangles’ revolve to produce a precisely-calibrated motion when the sculpture comes into contact with air currents.

October 9 Auction Recap: A New World Record!

October 12, 2016

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is delighted by the success of the October 9 Modern Art & Design Auction. The auction was defined by a number of outstanding moments. With an estimate of $150,000 – 200,000, Lot 137 Ed Ruscha’s “Canyon Heights Becomes Laurel Canyon” far exceeded expectations, selling for $468,750. Most significantly, perhaps, LAMA set a new world auction record for a work by Bay area artist Jay DeFeo. Lot 227 Apex, an oil painting made in 1987, was estimated at $80,000-120,000 and went on to realize a phenomenal $281,250 on the day. Total auction sales for the Modern Art & Design Auction totaled $3.9 million, selling 94% of the 431 lots by value.