German sculptor, born in Düsseldorf. He served in the air force during the war and afterwards studied at the Berlin Academy of Fine Arts. He returned to Düsseldorf because he admired the dynamism of the city with ‘factories going up every day’. He worked with welded steel rods. An important influence was the wire sculpture of Hans Uhlmann, but he was also inspired by the sight of birds in flight. ‘Never’, he told an interviewer in 1960, ‘will I use lines as a limiting element!’ In practice this meant that the steel rods were never used like the outline in drawing to delineate shape. He was also passionate about the sculptural use of water. Among many public commissions were fountains for the University of Baghdad in collaboration with Walter Gropius. Kricke's sculpture, a technocratic art of industrial technique and material, might in fact be said to be the closest artistic embodiment of Germany's post-war ‘economic miracle’. In 1972 he was appointed director of the Art Academy in Düsseldorf. It was in this capacity that he came into conflict with Joseph Beuys, an artist with a very different conception of the role of art in post-war Germany.
From A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art in Oxford Reference.