George Rickey's importance to the art world is belied by the lack of literature about one of the world's most accomplished kinetic sculptors. Rickey's fascinating sculptural oeuvre spans a fifty-three-year working period (1949-2002) and is incredibly diverse. This book is concerned exclusively with the early indoor sculptures from the first 25 years of Rickey's output. With over 380 color and black and white photos covering the artist's early innovations, we get an intimate and more complete picture of his artistic diversity than ever before. This book lays a firm foundation to an understanding of Rickey's creative intentions, and carefully categorizes the works into 38 chapters. Many of the works are published here for the first time.
Maxwell Davidson, III, is an acknowledged expert for Rickey sculpture. As George Rickey's dealer and friend over a twenty-four year period, he has been privy to the artist's methods and creative processes. He is the founder and president of the Maxwell Davidson Gallery in New York City.