"George Rickey: A Life in Art" exhibit review 

Not unlike the wind-swaying kinetic sculptures he created in stainless steel, George Rickey swayed with the crosscurrents of artistic fashion during his career, which spanned much of the 20th century. But he never lost his balance. In a mural study entitled "Rural Life," from the late '30s, you see the influence of Thomas Hart Benton. In his mobiles, you see the influence of Alexander Calder. In order to understand how he transcended such influences to arrive at the wind-shifting "lines" sculptures for which he's renowned, this indoor exhibit is, as a complement to the wider George Rickey: An Evolution exhibition, a must (you can see five of his medium-sized sculptures in IAC's ARTSPARK). It's particularly interesting to see the smaller variations of his large-scale sculptures in order to get some sense of his technical innovations that keep his sculptures swaying in the slightest wind -- and entrancing the public -- seven years after his death. Through Aug 23; 317-255-2464, www.indplsartcenter.org.


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