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Collection Online as of April 25, 2024

Steel Rod for Delta Theme IV

Steel Rod for Delta Theme IV

(American, 1906–2002)
Overall: 91.5 x 5 x 1.5 cm (36 x 1 15/16 x 9/16 in.)
© Estate of George Rickey / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
Location: not on view


Like the emerging minimalist sculptors, George Rickey was interested in working with restricted and repetitive geometric forms and elements. But within this deliberately narrow vocabulary, he wanted to explore endless variation. Rickey made the first of his "blade" sculptures in 1961. These consist of two or more long pendulums mounted on a vertical support to make possible "an infinite range of relationships of time and directions [within] a limited repertoire of possible movements," as he put it. Some later compositions such as Delta Theme IV consist of very thin blades balanced so that they come to rest on a diagonal. While his upright blade sculptures at rest convey axial stability, the oblique compositions suggest that all is in flux, even without actual motion.
  • (Staempfli Gallery, NY); Mary S.and Louis S. Myers
  • CMA 1993: "Selected Acquisitions," Bulletin 80 (February 1993), p. 67, no. 57.
    1972: Los Angeles, California, UCLA Arts Council: "George Rickey" (NY, Harry N. Abrams, 1976), ill. #148, repr. p. 155.
  • {{cite web|title=Steel Rod for Delta Theme IV|url=false|author=George Rickey|year=1967|access-date=25 April 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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