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Artist of the moment…George Segal….

Lets take a closer look at the great American sculptor George Segal. Segal was born in New York city in the year 1924. Segal is associated with the Pop Art movement.

Segal was married to his wife Helen from 1946 until his death in 2000.

For most of his life Segal lived on as chicken farm. The farm was located in New Jersey.
Segal lived on the farm from the early 1950s until he died in 2000.

The artist was most prolific as a photographer during the later years of his life.
Segal was important to the career of the artist John Cage. Cage was not only a
superb minimalist painter, but also a composer and song writer.

Segal had many art events at his farm, they were known as happenings.

In 1999 Segal was given the National Medal of the Arts.

For his collegiate studies Segal attended many well known art institutions including
Pratt, Cooper Union, New York University, and Rutgers studying art and earning a
teaching degree.

Price range info: Larger works such as Chance Meeting can break the
$600,000 mark. Segal was prolific and many works from small works
in plaster, serigraphs, pastel,and etchings can be found for less than four
thousand dollars.

In this clip we  see a wonderful work about people standing in line waiting for food in the midst of the Great Depression. Though the viewer might think that the people are sad or depressed, like a Kathe Kollwitz etching, the  people seem just to be waiting patiently.

Like the great Andy Warhol Segal enjoyed taking photographs. In this clip we see some of his work with the lens.

I love the way Segal is able to capture the essence of the person, similar to one of my favorite sculptors Duane Hanson. Hanson was able to capture an exact moment in time with people from the 60s and 70s. Awesome likeness with vintage clothing. Here is a great example of Duane Hanson’s style with a self portrait of himself featuring a model. Hanson lived from 1925 until 1996, I have blogged about him before.


In this clip we visit some more sculptures by George Segal and interpret the moods of the characters. That is what I enjoy most about the artist, you can’t tell the mood of the character from a distance!

Segal was known mainly as casting works with plaster. He also did some great work with cast paper and vacuum formed plastic. Very unique interpretations!

In this clip we visit a sculpture installation on a college campus dealing with circus acrobats by George Segal.

Artists working with the figure…..Duane Hanson…

Another great sculptor that loved working with quite ordinary or ugly people doing their basic daily chores.  He is considered the Pop Art of sculpture.

Found his own technique of painting around age of forty.

A show for the artist in 2009.

A piece titled ” Drug Addict” by the artist.

A brief biography about the artist.

low price range: $50,000

high price range: $410,000

mediums used: sculpture with resin,fiberglass, Bondo ( a polyester resin that is used to repair cars and wood)

The artist was born in 1925 in Minnesota.  He attended several colleges. Luther College, University of Washington, and finishing at Malcalaster College. For his masters studies he attended the Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Started to work in the mid 1960s casting figures from fiberglass and vinyl, similar to the technique that John Andrea was using. His works in the late 1960s had a theme of disaster and violence. Riots due to race, abortion done in back alleys, and Vietnam. He would cast the figures in fiberglass, paint them, then dress them in second hand clothes. In the 1970s he began to work with every day people not doing violent acts but rather in their everyday life.

His work titled Woman Eating is in the Smithsonian Museum collection.

The artist lived in New York City in the late 1960s and moved to Florida in 1973 and would live out his life there. He passed away in 1996.

I was able to find books about the artist and they are in the gallery. On amazon the two hardcover books started at $30 and the paperback titled written with Martin Bush was going for $3.

Please take a few minutes to watch the videos of this outstanding artist. I love these sculptures as they are true representations of the time period from the person and their hair style to the clothes they were. I have tremendous respect for the artisans who make wax figures, but similar to John DeAndrea the way these artist applied paint to make the characters have a convincing and realistic skin tone amaze me to this day. And the touch of adding the second hand clothes and to capture the esseance of a person  and figure rather than exaggerate beauty is a refreshing change in modern art.  This artist was able to see the beauty that exists in all of us as we go through our daily chores such as mowing the lawn, going grocery shopping, or mending clothes.

If you are at the Smithsonian please try to find this artist, you won’t be sorry!

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