George Segal by aubrey gatewood, B period H intro to art

George Segal (November 26, 1924 - June 9 2000) was an american pop artist known for his sculpture. His parents were from Europe and He was born in New York. He attended many schools there, the final one being New York University. Many of the art department professors were his friends for the rest of his life. He married Helen Segal and bought a chicken farm in New Jersey where he lived for the rest of his life. He only ran chickens for a few years, but for the rest of his life he had picnics with his artist friends from New York. He also held events for the Yam festival there and his widow still maintains his works and events.

George Segal and his wife, Helen Segal

His sculptures are made of plaster bandages, he was the first to make plaster sculptures and this made him a pop artist. He first used a model that he wrapped in plaster, then he removed the pieces and put them together with more plaster, making a hollow model. This was the final peice, he often left it white, and sometimes he used bright monochrome colors. He couldn't add precise detail to the plaster, so they often had a ghostly or melancholy feel, especially the ones he left white.

The Curtain, 1974, 214 x 99 x 90cm, Smithsonain american art museum
The Restaurant, 1975, 70 x 99cm, Smithsonian american art museum
Untitled, 1970, 68 x 46 cm, smithsonisn americal art museum
Couple on a bed, 1965, 47 x 61 x 88in. Modern and Contemporary art
Holocaust memorial, 1982, dimensions n/a (large room size), California palace of the legion of honor

The holocaust memorial is one of his many life-size sculptures. There is a pile of people in the center, and one man standing and the edge, touching the fence. Form, texture, color and space are the only elements present here. It is meant to be life size and accurate as shown by the form and space. It has a ghostly and depressed quality shown by the texture and the colors. Made after WWII, it was obviously influenced by WWII and the persecution of the Jews.

There is a lot of mood here. The figures on the ground are dead, and the one standing man looks depressed. One of the figures on the ground is meant to resemble Jesus. Through this he wanted to say how similar Christianity and Judiaism are, and how pointless and shameful the persecution of the Jews was. It has been vandalized several times, and this represents that anti-semeticism still exists. If I could have this sculpture and had room for it, I would display it for symbolic value. It teaches a sad lesson, helping it to be remembered so it will hopefully never be repeated.

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