George Rickey book talk at the Chatham Public Library

Belinda Rathbone

CHATHAM — The Friends of the Chatham Public Library’s popular Author and Artist Series is back with an illustrated talk by author Belinda Rathbone about her latest book, George Rickey: A Life in Balance 3:30 p.m. Oct. 30 on the library lawn, 11 Woodlawn Ave., Chatham.

Rathbone’s book is the first biography of Rickey, the renowned kinetic sculptor who made East Chatham his home base of operation for 40 years. Before his death in 2002, Rickey created more than 3,000 sculptures, including two important sculptures on the Harriman Campus in Albany, and many major outdoor installations around the globe. Two current exhibitions of George Rickey’s work are installed on Park Avenue and the High Line in New York City, coinciding with the publication of this new biography.

Rathbone is a biographer and historian who has written widely on 20th-century American photography. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Walker Evans: A Biography, as well as important essays on the work of Paul Strand, Alfred Stieglitz and many contemporary artists and photographers. As a fine arts journalist, she has written for House and Garden, The World of Interiors, and the magazine Antiques. Rathbone’s other books include The Boston Raphael: A Mysterious Painting, an Embattled Museum in an Era of Change & A Daughter’s Search for the Truth and The Guynd: Love & Other Repairs in Rural Scotland.

The author talk will be followed by a book signing with copies provided by the Chatham Bookstore. Due to COVID restrictions, this event will be held outdoors on the library lawn. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and to dress for the weather. In the event of rain, the talk will move online.

This event is free and open to the public. For information, visit

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