Essence in a Glimpse
Thoughts on the Art of George Segal
George Segal: Modernist Humanist - Dr. Donald Kuspit, curator 9/09/08 - 12/11/08
The work of George Segal has been in the public eye for over 40 years. When he burst on the sculpture scene with his first plaster castings, he drew public attention that lasted throughout the rest of his career. Along with other artists of his era, he attracted enormous international attention to the creativity of American artists of the 1960s and 1970s.
The retrospective, curated by internationally renowed art critic Donald Kuspt will examine from a pschoanalytical perspective Segal's career in three phases: the early years as a painter, the pioneering sculptor, and the years of future mastery. Dr. Kuspit will show Segal's development, tracing his emerging art as a dialectic between pure form and existential emotion.
Many of the works in this exhibition have been out of the public eye for more than 25 years.
Walk Don’t Walk, 1976, Plaster, cement, metal, painted wood and electric light; Overall: 104 x 72 x 72 inches (264.2 x 182.9 x 182.9 cm.) Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Louis and Bessie Adler Foundation, Inc., Seymour M. Klein, President, the Gilman Foundation, Inc., the Howard and Jean Lipman Foundation, Inc. and the National Endowment for the Arts 79.4 Photograph by Jerry L. Thompson