PRINT May 1978


George Rickey

Nan Rosenthal, George Rickey (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1977), 220 pages, 223 illustrations, including 66 plates in full color.

M. Matyushin, a color theorist, an initiator of studies on optical perception and a close friend of Malevich, hypothesized in 1932 that by making a conscious attempt to exercise the peripheral aspects of one’s vision it was possible through “extended vision” to attain a peripheral vision approaching 360 degrees.1 I cite this only as an example of the difference between aspiration and reality. For a number of years, Abrams has aspired to publish, in book form, the work of individual artists through an ambitious series called “Artbooks.” The latest book in the series, dealing with the works of the kinetic sculptor George Rickey, is introduced by Nan Rosenthal. Imposing in format, the book contains beautifully printed photographs on high quality paper, although the

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