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George Segal




 

George Segal

born Nov. 26, 1924, New York, N.Y., U.S.
died June 9, 2000, South Brunswick, N.J.


American sculptor of monochromatic, cast plaster figures often situated in environments of mundane furnishings and objects.

Segal was educated at the Cooper Union, Pratt Institute of Design, New York University (B.S., 1950), and Rutgers University (M.F.A., 1963) and began his artistic career as an abstract painter. In 1958 he started creating sculptures from chicken wire and plaster and two years later turned to plastercasts, often using family members and friends as models. Though he was associated with members of the burgeoning Pop art movement in the late 1950s, Segal's sculptures, which were frequently outfitted with the bland commercial props of the Pop idiom, are distinguished from that characteristically ironic movement by a mute, ghostly anguish. His casting technique, in which the live model is wrapped in strips of plaster-soaked cheesecloth, imparts a rough texture and a minimum of surface detail to the figures,thus heightening the sense of anonymity and isolation. Notable works include The Truck (1966), The Laundromat (1966–67), and Hot Dog Stand (1978).
 

 


Airport (detail)


 


Cinema


 


Couple on a Bed


 


Embracing Couple


 


Girl Emerging from The Wall


 


Girl in Robe II


 


Girl on Red Wicker Couch


 


Her Arms Crossing His


 


Picasso's Chair
1973


 


Woman Sitting on Bed
1996


 


La carniceria


 


Untitled


 


Depression Bread Line


 


Abraham’s Farewell to Ishmael
1987


 


Woman in Armchair


 


Caressing Hands


 


Untitled


 


Abraham and Isaac
1978


 


Untitled


 


Holocaust Memorial


 


Holocaust Memorial


 


Holocaust Memorial


 


John Chamberlain Working


 


The Execution


 


Walk - Don't Walk


 


Woman on a Bed


 


Bus Stop


 


Cezanne Still Life #4


 


Couple in Open Doorway


 


Couple Against A Grey Brick Wall


 


Woman Seated on a Chair


 


Italian Restaurant


 


The Dentist
1966


 


Fireside Chat


 


Graffiti Wall


 


The Girl Friends


 


Seated Woman Reading


 


Still Life with Fruit, Bottle and Knife


 


Paint Cans with Wainscoting


 


Woman: Red Wall, Black Window


 


Woman Against Door #7


 


Woman Looking in Mirror


 


Embracing Couple


 


Standing Woman Looking Into Mirror


 


Girl Resting


 


Girl for the Whitney Museum


 


Caressing Hands


 


Lover's Hands


 


Head


 


Hands on Buttocks


 


Lovers


 


Morandi's Still Life


 


Silver Nude

 

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