Man at a Table
Plaster, Wood and Glass
Collection Museum Abteiberg, Monchengladbach, Germany
The first of Segal’s sculptures using, what was to become his signature medium, bandages dipped in plaster. ‘Man at a Table’ is a life-sized figure based on the body of the artist. Segal wrapped parts of his body in bandages and made casts which he reassembled to create the figure. It is an also evidence of the major ideas he would explore for the rest of his career. The contrast between the real environment such as the window, chair and table and the spectral presence of the figure that inhabits it. The plaster bandage brings the attention to the vulnerability of the body. The figure is seated alone and appears to be waiting for something or someone giving an aura of anticipation.
Born: 26 November 1924, New York, USA
Died: 9 June 2000, New Jersey, USA
Segal used orthopaedic bandages dipped in plaster to create some the most haunting and memorable figurative art of the 20th century. Life-sized models are seated at lunch counters, waiting in train stations, or poised on the street. The figures inhabit three-dimensional environments evoking every day spaces. The figures appear lost in their own universes. Segal was the most existential of the Pop artists, giving the viewer the time to step out of the fast-paced world