George Segal  (American, 1924-2000) 

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George Segal (American, 1924–2000) is best known for his naturalistic plaster sculptures and environments. In his work, he often reflects on ordinary situations in which the individual is shown in a state of isolation amidst an anonymous society. The use of plaster and the life-sized scale of Segal’s sculptures produce an intense, realistic effect in his work; at the same time, the color of the all-white plaster neutralizes and alienates his human subjects from their everyday motifs, creating scenes with a more cinematic character. Segal was born in New York, and his interest in socio-political and psychological themes was well developed in his early paintings and drawings, which he made directly after his studies at Cooper Union and Rutgers University in the 1940s. In 1958 he began to experiment with sculpture, and a solo show at the Green Gallery in 1960 featured his first plaster figures. From 1961 on, he applied plaster bandages directly to the human form in his works. A turning point in his career was the discovery of a new sculptural technique, in which he created full environments for his body casts by adding everyday objects such as a chair, a window frame, or a table to his work. Segal became known as part of the Pop Art movement, but maintained a distinctive style, incorporating relationships to personal experience and human values in his work. Segal, who took part at documenta IV and VI in Kassel, Germany, is widely exhibited in the United States and Europe. In the early 1980s, he continued to create still lifes, and in his last years he worked with black-and-white photographs of the streets of New York and New Jersey. He actively sculpted his famous life-sized environments until his death in 2000.

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George Segal, Two Hands I

 

George Segal
Two Hands I
1979
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George Segal, Standing woman Looking into Mirror

 

George Segal
Standing woman Looking into Mirror
1996

Maxwell Davidson Gallery
George Segal, Fragment: Girl Resting

 

George Segal
Fragment: Girl Resting
1970

Barbara Krakow Gallery
George Segal, Fragment: Girl Resting

 

George Segal
Fragment: Girl Resting
1970

Barbara Krakow Gallery
George Segal, Installation View

 

George Segal
Installation View
Barbara Krakow Gallery
George Segal, Girl in Chair: Dangling Left Arm

 

George Segal
Girl in Chair: Dangling Left Arm
1974

Barbara Krakow Gallery
George Segal, A Woman Sitting on Bed

 

George Segal
A Woman Sitting on Bed
1996

Mixografia ®
George Segal, Classical Still Life

 

George Segal
Classical Still Life
1990

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George Segal, Oriental woman against the wall

 

George Segal
Oriental woman against the wall
1982

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George Segal, Oriental Woman

 

George Segal
Oriental Woman, 1982
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George Segal, Jacket, Pants on Chair

 

George Segal
Jacket, Pants on Chair, 1988
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George Segal, Girl with Arm Over Chair

 

George Segal
Girl with Arm Over Chair, 1972
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1924   Born in New York
1940 - 1949   Attended Cooper Union and Pratt Institute
1949   B.A. in Arts Education, New York University
1957   Included in “Artists of the New York School: Second Generation” an exhibit at the Jewish Museum
1961   With the help of his wife, Helen, Segal was able to make parts of a body cast and assemble them into a complete seated figure. Segal provided an environment for his body cast by adding a chair, a window frame and a table. This work titled "Man Sitting at a Table" marked the discovery of a new sculptural technique and a turning point in the artist’s career.
1963   Master in Fine Arts, Rutgers University, NJ
1970   Honorary Ph.D. in Fine Arts, Rutgers University, NJ
1984   Doctor of Humane Letters, Kean College, NJ
1985   Visual Arts Award – the Bronx Museum of the Arts
1986   The Mayer Sultzberger Award–The Jewish Museum, New York
1986   Israel Cultural Award – State of Israel Bonds, New York
1986   Israel Achievement Award, World Zionist Organization/American Zionist Organization, New York
1987   Hall of Fame/Rutgers Achievement Award, New Jersey
1987   The Governor’s Walt Whitman Creative Arts Award, New Jersey
1988   Pratt Alumni Achievement Award, Brooklyn
1988   National Arts Club Award, New York
1991   Distinguished Alumnus award, NYU, New York
1991   Order of Andres Bello, First Class, Republic of Venuzuela
1992   Visual Arts Award, NJ Center for Visual Arts
1992   International Lifetime Achievement Award for Sculpture, Washington DC
1992   Honorary Ph.D. in Fine Arts, State University of New York at Purchase
1994   Honorary Ph.D. Massachusetts College of Fine Arts, Boston MA
1997   Praemium Imperiale Award, Lifetime Achievement in the Arts, Tokyo, Japan
1998   Honorary Ph.D. Ramapo College
1999   National Medal of Honor, Washington, DC
2000   Federal Design Achievement Award, Washington, DC
2000   Died on June 9
2013   Blue Jean Series - Kennedy Museum of Art, Athens, OH
The Pop Object: The Still Life Tradition in Pop Art - Acquavella Galleries, Inc., New York City, NY
2012   William Scott at Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Project Space, New York - Creative Growth Art Center, Oakland, CA
Modern and Contemporary Paintings - Spanierman Modern, New York City, NY
Pop Goes The Humor - Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA Beuys Warhol Polke & Co - 40 Jahre Kunsthalle Tübingen - Kunsthalle Tübingen, Tübingen
2011   George Segal - Galerie Stefan Röpke, Cologne
An Autobiography of Our Collection - Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC
September 11 - MoMA PS1, New York City, NY
Hyper Real – Kunst und Amerika um 1970 - Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen
Georg Baselitz, Georg Segal - anders galerie im stilwerk, Dusseldorf
2010   George Segal - Galerie Thomas Modern, Munich
George Segal - L&M Arts, New York, New York City, NY
2009   George Segal - Galerie Thomas Modern, Munich
George Segal: Street Scenes - Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL
Gallery Selections - Spanierman Modern, New York City, NY
2008   George Segal: Street Scenes, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art – Traveling Exhibit
Montclair State University, George Segal: Modern Humanist Exhibition (solo)
2000   George Segal: Nightscapes, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (solo)
The American Century:: Art & Culture 1900-2000, part II, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
1998   George Segal, A Retrospective: Sculptures, Paintings, Drawings -- The Jewish Museum, New York, NY (solo)
Modern Masters: The Last Decade at Janis, Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, NY
George Segal Retrospective, Jewish Museum (solo)
George Segal: Large Scale Pastels, Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1997   Modern and Contemporary Masters: Paintings Sculpture Works on Paper, Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, NY
George Segal: Sculpture and Works on Paper, Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
A Century of Sculpture: The Nasher Collection, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
1958   Green Gallery (solo)
1957   Artists of the New York School: Second Generation, Jewish Museum, NY
1956   First Solo Exhibition, Hansa Gallery, NY
2008    George Segal: Street Scenes; Edited by Paul Cooper, text by Stephen Fleischman, Jane Simon, Martin Friedman; Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
2004    Essay by Joan Pachner and introduction by Carroll Janis, George Segal: Bronze, Mitchell-Innes & Nash
1989    Hunter, Sam. GEORGE SEGAL. Pop art sculpture. Barcelona, Poligrafa
1988    Hunter, Sam and Don Hawthorne. GEORGE SEGAL. Major monograph on Segal's work. New York and London, Arthur A. Bartley
1978    Beal, Graham W.J. and Friedman, Martin. George Segal: Sculpture. Walker Art Center: Minneapolis
1971    New York. Sidney Janis Gallery. New Sculpture by GEORGE SEGAL (exhibition catalogue)