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.
March 28, 2017
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.
May 11, 2015
We at LAMA were saddened to hear of Chris Burden’s passing yesterday morning, Sunday May 10, in Los Angeles. Since 1969 Burden lived in Southern California–first he studied at Pomona College in Claremont, and then he received his MFA from the University of California, Irvine. With a familial and childhood background in science and engineering, and having studied courses in architecture at Pomona College, Burden went on to make big, powerful, and sometimes kinetic installations. In LACMA’s entry plaza stands Urban Light (2008), 202 antique cast-iron street lamps in the form of a Classical Greek temple. It has become a much-beloved symbol of the city. Los Angeles will miss Chris Burden.