New York

George Segal

The Jewish Museum

George Segal’s The Holocaust shows 11 figures, one alive and standing with eyes closed and a hand on a barbed-wire fence strung between two thinpoles, and ten dead and strewn on the black floor. The whole was set in a gray-painted room, with a text on the wall giving a statement from Segal about the work and explaining its purpose—a memorial to victims of the Holocaust, to be installed permanently in bronze on a site in Lincoln Park, San Francisco, near the Palace of the Legion of Honor art museum. The figures have Segal’s familiar bleached-out form; they are cast from life, then manipulated into relationships with one another and the environment, until they not only constitute an independent environment of their own but subtly dominate their surroundings. They invade it like extraterrestrials who finally seem to come from within—seem the reflection of forces that are all too clearly of

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