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George Segal
20th century
(The Bronx, New York, 1924 - 2000, New Brunswick, New Jersey)

Born 1924, New York; active 1941–2000, New York and South Brunswick, NJ; died 2000, South Brunswick During a period dominated by abstract painting, Segal was both a representationalist and a sculptor, earning acclaim as a Pop artist in the early 1960s. Born in New York, he studied alongside Larry Rivers and Alfred Leslie in classes taught by Tony Smith and William Baziotes at New York University. Segal uses the human form unadorned, cast in plaster-soaked gauze, and then sometimes recast in bronze. Due to their human scale, lack of pedestals, and the carefully created settings of everyday sites using found objects, the works create a feeling of familiarity, of oneness between the figure and its viewer. Seemingly simple, his sculptures are remarkably subtle and complex, with intriguing psychological nuances and allusions to art historical and literary sources. Segal usually avoids an overtly political agenda, preferring the anonymity of commonplace incidents and attitudes to convey the nobility and richness of everyday life.


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