George Rickey American, 1907-2002


George Warren Rickey produced kinetic sculptures that were created with the precision of an engineer. During World War II Rickey learned how to design machine gun turrets for bombers. This task familiarized him with ball bearings, weights, sheet metal, and other construction techniques. With this knowledge Rickey learned how to forge the framework for his sculptures that would be lightweight, meticulously balanced, and wind-activated.


Many of these works were inspired by the solid cubic sculptures of David Smith which still retained their gracefulness in spite of their sheer monolithic size and by the mobiles of Alexander Calder with their harmonious movements. Many of his sculptures could potentially weigh several tons, yet still be moved by the slightest gust of wind. Rickey’s appeal is international in scope as evidenced by his list of worldwide exhibitions and his representations in global and distinguished museums as well as public institutions.

Selected Exhibitions

11th International Biennial Outdoor Sculpture Show, Middleheim Museum, Antwerp, Belgium, 1971

Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, NY, 1947, 1949

Albright-Knox Gallery

American Federation of Arts, New York, NY, 1959

Amerika Haus and Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany (solo)

Art in a Democracy, American Artists Congress, New York, NY, 1940

Bard College Center, Edith C. Blum Art Institute, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, 1985

Biennale 1969 Nürnberg, 1969

Caz-Delbo Gallery, New York, NY (solo), 1933

Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, TX, 1957

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1966

Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, New York, NY (solo), 1977

Denver Art Museum, 1935

Düsseldorf Kunsthalle, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Ger. (solo), 1962

First International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition, Univ. of Hawaii, Art Gallery, Honolulu, HI, 1982

Fordham University Plaza at Lincoln Center, 1975

Galerie Buchholz, Munich, Germany (solo), 1973

Galerie Schoeller, Düsseldorf, West Germany, 1981-2

Gallery Kasahara, Osaka, Japan (solo), 1978

Howard Wise Gallery

Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL (solo), 1963

Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, IN, 1970

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA (solo), 1964

Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1980

Isaac Delgado Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA, 1948, 1956

John Herron Art Museum (solo), 1952

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

Kraushar Gallery (solo), 1955, 1961

Kunstverein, Dusseldorf, Germany (solo)

Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY, 1984

Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1951

Musée d’Art Contemporain, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (solo), 1981

Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 1986

Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1959

Nassau County Museum of Fine Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY, 1983

National Gallery of Art, 1945

New School

Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, Purchase, NY, 1974

Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland, CA, 1946

Pennsylvania Academy

Riverside Museum

Santa Barbara Museum (solo), 1960

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY (solo), 1979

South Bend Art Association, South Bend, IN, 1954

South Bend Art Center, 1985

Staempfli Gallery (solo), 1975

Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio 1984

UCLA Art Council and UCLA Art Galleries, Los Angeles, CA (solo), 1971

University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA (solo), 1972

Venezia Biennale 1968, Venice, Italy, 1968

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN (solo), 1967

Museums and Public Collections

Albertine Museum, Vienna, Austria

Albright-Knox Gallery

Am Justizzentrum, Cologne, Germany

Baltimore Museum of Art

Bayerische Hypotheken-und Vechsel-Bank, Munich, Germany

Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, MA, 1998

Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany

Bob Hope Peristyle Courtyard of the Owen Art Center, Dallas

Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

City Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Dallas Museum

DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY

Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, 1993

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI

Gibbs Farm, Kaipara, New Zealand

Hakone Open-Air Museum, Tokyo, Japan

Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

Henkel GmbH, Düsseldorf, Germany

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

Hyogo Prefectural Museum, Kobe, Japan

Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford, CA

Kansai University, Osaka, Japan

Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY (solo), 1990, 1991

Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany

Kunsthalle der Stadt, Berlin, Germany

Landtag Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany

Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, MO

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, MN, 2003

Moderne Galerie (Joseph Albers Museum), Quadrat-Bottrop, Bottrop, Germany

Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley, MA, 1989

Musée de Grenoble, Grenoble, France

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Museum of Art, Columbus, OH

Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN

Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN

Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, 2011

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, TX

Museum of Modern Art, New York

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland

Neu Perlach, Munich, Germany

Neubau des Physikzentrums, Kiel, Germany

Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of NY, Purchase, NY, 1987, 2000

Neues Medizinsches Institut, Heidelberg, Germany

New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA

Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA

Olympiad of Art, Olympic Center, Seoul, South Korea

Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ

Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo, The Netherlands

Rückversicherungs-Gesellschaft, Munich, Germany

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA

Shizuoka Museum, Shizuoka, Japan

Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

Snite Museum, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

Tate Gallery, London, England

Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel

The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA

The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA

The Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO

The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ

The Sondra and Marvin Smalley Family Sculpture Garden, Bel-Air, CA

The Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH

United Nations Visitors Lobby, United Nations, New York, NY, 1999

University of California, Santa Barbara, 1993

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

White House, Washington, DC, 1995

Whitney Museum of American Art

Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

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