Segal, George

Segal, George,

1924–2000, American sculptor, b. New York City, grad. Rutgers (B.A., 1950; M.A., 1963). An influential member of the pop artpop art,
movement that restored realism to avant-garde art; it first emerged in Great Britain at the end of the 1950s as a reaction against the seriousness of abstract expressionism.
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 movement, Segal is known for his tableaux of life-sized cast figures, usually in stark white plaster, of ordinary people placed in everyday situations and environments. His sculptures are simultaneously familiar in their form and subject and haunting in their ghostly stillness. Two major examples are Woman in Restaurant Booth (1961) and Bus Driver (Mus. of Modern Art, New York City). Segal is also noted for his public commissions, often cast in bronze and finished in white, such as Gay Liberation (1983) in New York's Greenwich Village.


See P. Tuchman, George Segal (1983).

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Segal, George

(1924–  ) sculptor; born in New York City. After moving with his family to New Jersey (1940), he studied at New York University (B.A. 1950) and Rutgers (M.A. 1963). He specialized in sculptural environments, creating lifelike scenes in isolated situations, such as "Man at a Table" (1961). His unpainted white plaster figures are cast from living people.
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