Sunday, November 13, 2011

Artist of the Month: George Segal

Sculptor, George Segal

"Street Crossing"
George Segal is the artist of the month!  Hewas born in 1924 in New York City. He grew up and lived in New Jersey, where he and his wife, Helen, owned a farm that became an outpost of the New York art world, serving as the set of a Robert Frank film and as the site of the first Fluxus Happening. In 1961, Segal began working with live models -- including himself -- to create the plaster-cast figurative sculptures for which he became best known. 

In 1962, he was included in the seminal exhibition, "New Realism," at the Sidney Janis in 1962. He had retrospectives at the Walker Center for the Arts, Minneapolis (1978) and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (1997), and exhibited widely around the world.   His sculpture, The Commuters, Next Departure (1981) is on permanent display at the Port Authority Terminal in NYC.   Segal died in 2000.

 For more information on George Segal, speak to any of our 5th grade Art Club members or click here.

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