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Two Motion Sculptors: Tinguely and Rickey

ASIDE FROM THE FACT that Jean Tinguely and George Rickey are contemporaries and both make activated sculpture, they share little in common. Tinguely is a confirmed tinkerer, full of mischievous abandon and a Rabalaisian sense of humor. He is a loner who can create or destroy with the same objective love. His creations are as absurd as they are irresistible and he is as dead serious about these volatile contraptions as if he were painting the Sistine Chapel.

This Swiss enfant terrible is an anxious renegade. The endless source of his frenetic energy is religiously devoted to sophisticated burlesque. He is dramatically engaged in a simultaneous appeal to all of one’s senses. Tinguely is an “action-sculptor,” a Pollock or a Mathieu in space and sound. A significant and distinctive feature of his work is that elements of its plastic make-up may be likened to the spontaneity of squished or

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