George Segal | Street Scenes

The Homeless, 1989
Plaster, paint, wood, Masonite, metal. Courtesy The George and Helen Segal Foundation, New Jersey and Carroll Janis, New York.

Although he lived in New Jersey for most of his life, Segal maintained an intimate relationship with New York City. During the 1980s and 1990s, he spent hours walking through some of its toughest neighborhoods. Many of his works from this period, including The Homeless, depict the decay of the neighborhood and the plight of those with nowhere to live. Segal’s approach is not sentimental or judgmental. Instead, it is contemplative. He recreates this everyday scene with the unflinching attitude of a city-dweller.

Header Image: George Segal, American, 1924-2000. The Diner, 1964–1966. Plaster, wood, chrome, laminated plastic, Masonite, fluorescent lamp, glass, paper. Collection Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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