"George Rickey: A Life in Balance has everything a biography should have: up-close-and-personal first person accounts of the day-to-day life of an artist. An engaging and page-turning portrait."
"Rathbone has written a model artist's biography. She deftly interweaves life and art, showing how Rickey's real-world experiences shaped his evolving aesthetic. She discusses [his art] with authority and insight..."
–The New Criterion
"This biography, much like the artist's sculptures, is a wise, balanced, and enjoyable creation, capturing Rickey's life and character with a light, sure touch."
–Scottish Art News
"Like one of his sculptures, George Rickey: A Life in Balance
has many moving parts that . . . gracefully twist and turn to tell a very personal and public story. It feels like a Rickey revival."
"Rathbone's marvelously readable biography succeeds in bringing the Rickeys and the world in which they lived into timely focus."
–Santa Barbara Independent
"In her enthralling biography, Belinda Rathbone traces George Rickey's long Wanderjahre
–artistic, intellectual and erotic–across Europe and the United States, and shows how his dual training in art and engineering helped him re-invent kinetic sculpture for the postwar era. In the second half of the book, Rickey's tempestuous marriage to Edie Leighton provides a dramatic counterpoint to his growing professional success. From beginning to end, Rathbone adeptly explores the mysteries of art and love."
–Pepe Karmel, author of Abstract Art: A Global History
"If you're of a mindset (like I typically am) that biographies are dry (whereas memoirs aren't), you'll be captivated by Rathbone's exceptional prose and impeccable research."
–Lorraine Kleinwaks, Enchanted Prose
"Belinda Rathbone's George Rickey: A Life in Balance
is far more than a portrait of the artist, although with deft strokes and canny perspectives this master biographer renders a fully satisfying account of an energetically lived life. But there is this, too: a skillfully told history of twentieth century art, from Cubism to Constructivism and beyond, woven into the life story of a brilliant and influential practitioner whose working years spanned six decades and whose circles of association reached across the globe. Read George Rickey to be inspired, educated, and immersed in what the sculptor called his 'box of colors, ' the stunning elements of his visual vocabulary Rathbone names: gravity, momentum, inertia, rotation, acceleration."
–Megan Marshall, author of Margaret Fuller: A New American Life and Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast
"Deftly navigating a massive archive of personal letters, notebooks, and interviews, Rathbone humanizes George Rickey, an artist-intellectual whose kinetic sculptures are canonical in the history of postwar modernism. She presents the man intimately: his childhood in Scotland, his elite education, his years as a painter, his teaching, writing and worldly travels, his international recognition, and his friends and family, especially his spirited wife Edie. Rathbone's brilliant research and incisive narration basks in George Rickey's good company as well as his mechanical wizardry."
–Wanda M. Corn, author of The Great American Thing: Modern Art and National Identity, 1915-1955
"Belinda Rathbone has crafted a superb and deeply researched biography. She constructs a narrative that adroitly chronicles the life of the great kinetic sculptor George Rickey, deeply erudite, intellectual, and creative man, and his tumultuous era. Equally satisfying and timely is Rathbone's fascinating portrayal of the powerful alliance between Rickey and his charming, strong-willed wife, Edie Rickey."
–Gabrielle Selz, author of Light on Fire: The Art and Life of Sam Francis