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George Segal: Bronze by George Segal

In the late 1960s, George Segal began “double-casting” his work--taking a second cast from inside the mold of the original cast. This process brought finer detail to the surface and was part of his evolution to a more naturalizing image. When, in the 1980s, he began making bronze work for outdoor installation, he continued this double-casting technique and all his bronzes were made from finished plasters. As Carroll Janis writes in the introduction, “Segal's plaster sculpture presents an existential situation; the surrogate figure, more fagile and removed from reality when set next to the real object. The bronzes appear to reverse this idea by asserting the strength and permanence of the human figure within the surrounding environment.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780971384484
Publisher: Mitchell-Innes & Nash
Publication date: 02/28/2004
Pages: 81
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

George Segal (1924-2000) was born in New York and raised during the Great Depression on a poultry farm in New Jersey. Educated in New York (at Stuyvesant High School, Pratt, Cooper Union, and finally New York University), he joined the 10th Street scene as a young artist but also bought his own chicken farm with his wife Helen in the late 1940s. In 1956, Allan Kaprow chose the Segal farm as the site for his first Happening. It was in the late 1950s that Segal began to experiment with sculpture, ultimately casting his own body with plaster bandages. Though known as part of the Pop Art movement, Segal stayed close to the personal and human throughout his career. His work is in major museum collections throughout the United States and abroad.

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