May 9, 2009—August 2, 2009
Urban Life – “Segal in the City”
George Segal was drawn to the energy of New York City.
He was born there in 1924, and the impact of the city on his life was enduring. He moved to South Brunswick, New Jersey, as a young man, but made frequent trips to New York City to explore gritty neighborhoods such as the Bowery and the Lower East Side.
He walked the streets in search of inspiration and found it in neighborhoods where city life spilled out into the street, mixing immigrants, artists, musicians, working people and Bohemians of all varieties. Segal’s approach to art was unflinchingly realistic yet compassionate. The city and its inhabitants were his muses.
Street Scenes focuses on the urban themes embedded in many of Segal’s sculptural works, giving us a glimpse of real life with real people going about their day-to-day existence on the subway, walking through the city streets or simply observing the world around them.
Though Segal’s works were inspired by New York, they transcend location to become universal depictions of life in almost any metropolitan city.