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A catalog produced for the Vero Beach Museum of Art 2007 exhibition, this book documents one of the first posthumous retrospectives of Rickey's distinctive kinetic work. Though more compact than Nan Rosenthal's monograph on Rickey (CH, Oct'77), the book contains a complete chronology from the artist's birth in 1907 to his death in 2002, as well as a current bibliography of the major works. An engaging essay by Philip Rickey, the artist's son, lends an intimate perspective to the biographical details. The 52 color-illustrated works span the period from Machine for a Low Ceiling (1953) to Annular Eclipse VII (2000), revealing a general evolution from cubist and constructivist roots to minimalist reduction but also the artist's periodic tendency to revive certain forms, sometimes decades after introducing them. Rickey's work will, of course, always suffer in the static format of the photograph, but the book does a good job of illustrating some of the major sculptures in the range of positions that they are capable of assuming. Also admirable is the degree to which the importance of reflected light has been captured in many photographs. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels. G. R. Brown Kansas State University
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