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George Segal (American, 1924–2000)
LOT ID: 79491
Two Hands I , 1979

Plaster, high relief cast paper
13.75 х 7.75 in. (34.92 x 19.68 cm.)
Signed, hand numbered by the artist in a limited edition of 50.
Housed in a handcrafted rosewood shadow box that was specially designed to showcase this magnificent work.
bears Loretta Howard Gallery label verso along with card authorized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Print/Casting Year 1979
Edition 50
Foundry/Publisher George Segal
Lot description
This dramatic sculpture, "Two Hands 1" is an iconic image from internationally renowned 20th century sculptor George Segal's most productive and important period - the 1970s, when he was actively exhibiting at the legendary Sidney Janis Gallery in New York. This particular work is a high relief multiple of an original work that is found in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

George Segal, who died in 2000, was able to use his pop sensibility to reinvent the classic study of the nude. His unique vision, however, allowed him to break away from his pop beginnings to create figures that are more concerned with day-to-day life, rather than being "monumental" in a 19th century tradition. While he always remained closely associated with the Pop Art movement, he shares sensiblities that are more likened to that of Edward Hopper and has been called a "radical realist.". Segal is best known for his life-sized white plaster casts of people and was a major influence in the Fluxus movement, staging many "Happenings" at his rural New Jersey farm. The George and Helen Segal Foundation is active in awarding grants to aspiring artists.

Segal's works can be seen in major museums, public buildings, private collections and sculpture parks around the world. Most recently, visitors can see Segal's haunting ghostlike plaster figure in the Whitney Museum's highly acclaimed "Sinister Pop" exhibition, featuring works from the museum's permanent collection.

Two Hands I comes mounted in a handcrafted rosewood shadow box and is ready to hang.
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