George Segal

 

ARTIST: George Segal

DOB/PLACE:  11/26/1924, New York                              DOD: 6/9/2000, New Brunswick, New Jersey

RESIDENCE:  A chicken farm in South Brunswick Township

EDUCATION:  

Pratt, Cooper Union New York University...a teaching degree,1949  

EMPLOYMENT:  Art and English at the local high school and at Rutgers

MAJOR SHOWS/GALLERIES/COMMISSIONS: He was the recipient of many awards and honors, including the Premium Imperiale from Japan in 1998 and a National Medal of the Arts in 1999. Major public commissions include works for the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C. and Legion of Honor Park in San Francisco.

MEDIA & TECHNIQUES:  Painting & Sculpture, but best known for his figural tableaux.  He pioneered the technique of using plaster bandages as a sculptural medium.  He used minimal color in his sculptures.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Segal_(artist)

CONTEXTUAL INFORMATION:  He was considered one of the most influential American Artists of the 20th century. Though surrounded by POP Artists, his vision was influenced more by people than objects.  A commission to create a sculpture for the FDR memorial in Washington, D.C. spawned “Depression Bread Line” which depicted 5 men waiting against a brick wall.

SUBJECT MATTER/THEMES/CONCEPTS DEALT WITH:  Influenced  his experiences in NYC and her people...particularly the commonplace amongst them-urban decay, diners, the homeless.

LINKS FOR FURTHER STUDY:

http://www.segalfoundation.org/bio.shtml

http://www.mmoca.org/exhibitions/exhibitdetails/streetscenes/index.php 

An especially excellent link:

http://www.richeast.org/htwm/artists/JM2/segal.html 


researched by Janet Weyenberg


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