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George Segal

Segal, George, 1924–2000, American sculptor, b. New York City, grad. Rutgers (B.A., 1950; M.A., 1963). An influential member of the pop art movement, Segal is known for his tableaux of life-sized cast figures, usually in stark white plaster, of ordinary people placed in everyday situations and environments. His sculptures are simultaneously familiar in their form and subject and haunting in their ghostly stillness. Two major examples are Woman in Restaurant Booth (1961) and Bus Driver (Mus. of Modern Art, New York City). Segal is also noted for his public commissions, often cast in bronze and finished in white, such as Gay Liberation (1983) in New York's Greenwich Village.

See P. Tuchman, George Segal (1983).

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