new-york

George Segal

Sidney Janis Gallery

In this show of recent works, George Segal succeeds in capturing the vast dimensions of the human spirit. Segal’s long-standing interest in confronting directly life’s more unfathomable aspects proved to be his point of departure from Pop art. While the gas stations and stores that provide the settings for his earlier sculptures do seem to have a Pop flavor about them, the plaster-cast people who populate them have always been quite another matter. By touching upon realism in such an eerie way, they disturb the viewer’s sense of reality. Segal’s vision has always had a universal aim, that of probing the pathos of existence. In his recent wall reliefs, freestanding sculptures, and pastels, Segal offers some intensely compelling evidence of his mastery.

The wall-reliefs are among the most powerful Segal has done to date in this format. The relief format has served as a vehicle for focusing

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