9.5” W x 10.5”W x 3”H (24 W x 26.6 W x 7.6 H cm)
Laminated marble and sterling silver
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Personally powerful images of elegant finery, pop and fashion icons, European architecture and Baroque excess all compete for my attention. These images pervade my work through intricate patterns, rich textures, and layers of soft, sensuous forms. I transform seemingly simple objects into lush, sensual memories of childhood, status and youthful rebellion.
Using modern robotic techniques has allowed me to experiment with my images in a variety of ways. Elegant little girls’ dresses refashion into vibrant, patterned 3D prints, lounge chairs into laminated marble and silver, and high-end purses into accessible objects of beauty.
As a sculptor working primarily in stone for the last 40 years, it is my goal to bring traditional materials into the 21st century with contemporary subject matter and current techniques.
Artist influenced by: Renaissance and Baroque art, nature's rythms, 3D printing technology, pop culture, fashion, Bernini, Michelangelo, Claus Oldenbury, Andy Warhol, Jean Arp, Fragonard, Faberge, Vaserely
Barbara Segal (Yonkers, NY), a sculptor.
In 1972, while a student at Pratt Institute, NY, Segal resolved to spend both her junior and senior years at the distinguished École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (ENSB-A), Paris, to study stone carving with teachers like René Collamarini with whom she later exhibited at the Musée Rodin. She then moved to Italy where she spent time over the next four years in both Pietrasanta and Carrara working at the Studio Sem, the Fonderia Luigi Tommasi and SGF Studio Scultura alongside great artists and artisans, like, Jacques Lipshitz, Agustín Cárdenas, Bruno Luchessi, Max Bill, Julio Silva, Isamu Noguchi, Paolo Grassi and Mario Fuendi. Segal returned to New York City in the late-70s knowing she could create whatever she chose in stone. America’s evolving culture with its pop and fashion icons would prove a continuing source of inspiration. However, to this day, what artist chooses to create is personal; her creations provide insight into her passions, struggles and quirky wit. Segal enjoyed early success in her career with solo exhibits at both museums and private galleries. Eventually, her focus expanded to the public art arena. This was in response to Segal’s long-held belief that sculpture could be used as a tool to promote community involvement, pride and well-being.
1996 Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, BFA.
1972-1974 L’Ecole Nationale Superieure, des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France.
1970-1972 Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.
Public Art Projects
2015 Mid Century Pool chair (in process) ABC Worldwide Stone
2013 Obsessive Compulsive, Monumental Designer Handbag, Hotel Ella, Austin, Texas
2006-07 Art Trucks Yonkers, NY Promoting environmental awareness using artistic wraps for refuse trucks.
2006 Drawn to the Water New York, NY West Harlem Public Art Fund, New York City Parks and Recreation
2004-07 Reverse Archeology: Charting the Saw Mill/Nepperhan River Yonkers, NY
Charting the original shorelines of the Hudson River and the
Saw Mill/Nepperhan River through sculptural interpretation.
2002-04 Muhheakantuck Yonkers, NY
Metropolitan Transportation Authority/Arts for Transit
Two 72’ aluminum sculptures representing the Hudson River
2001-03 Yonkers Sculpture Meadow on the Hudson Yonkers, NY
Sculpture Park on the Hudson River
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2013 ABC Worldwide Stone, Greenpoint, Brooklyn
2012 Verona Marble Fair, Elite Stone and Bacci, Verona, Italy
2011 Apart Festival D’art contemporain d’Alpilles domaine Dalmeren, Provence, France
2006 “Muhheakantuck Changing River Changing Cities”, Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY
2000 “Women in Stone”, The Neuberger Museum of Art Purchase, NY
1999 “Virtual Bride”, La MaMa La Galleria New York, NY
1998 “Over and Under”, The Hudson River Museum Yonkers, NY
1992 The Hokin Gallery Palm Beach, FL
1989 Gallery Henoch New York, NY
Selected Group Exhibitions
2015 Select Art Fair, Sculpture Guild, Chelsea, NY
2015 New Works, ArtsWestchester, WhitePlains, NY
2015 Gallery Biba, Palm Beach Fl.
2015 ABC Worldwide Stone, Greenpointe, Brooklyn
2015 Radical Intent, Gallery 151, Chelsea, NY
2014 Scope Miami Beach, Gallery Biba, Miami Beach, FL.
2014 Gallery Biba, Palm Beach, FL
2014 ABC Worldwide Stone, Greenpointe, Brooklyn
2013 Scope Miami / Basel, Gallery Biba, Miami Beach
2013 Meredith Family Collection, Austin Texas
2013 Long Center for the Performing Arts, Austin Texas
2013 Gallery Biba, Palm Beach Fl.
2012 Scope Miami/Basel exhibited with Gallery Biba
2012 125 ICONS: A Celebration of Works by Pratt Alumni and Faculty, 1887-2012
2012 Gallery Biba Palm Beach, Fl.
2011 APART Festival International d’Art Contemporain dans les Alpilles Les Alpilles, France
2011 “Living with Harmony” New York, NY
2010 “Inspiring Spaces: 25 Years of MTA Arts for Transit”, New York Transit Museum New York, NY
2009 “Eye World”, Triple Candie Gallery Harlem, NY
2009 i Rolli Contemporanei di Genova Genova, Italy
2009 “Great Women Artist: Selections From The Permanent Collection”, Neuberger Museum Purchase, NY
2005 “Along The Way”, MTA: Arts for Transit New York, NY
2004 Public Art in Westchester, Westchester Arts Council White Plains, NY
2000 “Save America’s Treasures”, The White House Washington, DC
1995 “Art as a Verb”, Fashion Institute of Technology Museum New York, NY
1995 The National Academy of Design New York, NY
1992 “The Reality of Illusion”, Contemporary Museum Portland, OR
1992 Gallery Henoch New York, NY
1985 Allan Stone Gallery New York, NY
1980 Elaine Benson Gallery East Hampton, NY
1973 “Homage a Collamarini”, Musee Rodin Paris, France
Press and Publication
New York Times Feature Journal News Feature
06/07 “Gobbling Up Garbage, and Looking Good Doing It” 05/07 “Mobile Art Trucks” Journal News
02/04 “To Grace Yonkers Station, Work That Mirrors River” 03/07 “Yonkers Visionaries: A Future Through Public Art” New York Times
08/02 “Loveseats and Beds Shape A Meadow” 07/03 “Sculpture Depicts City’s River Links” New York Times
03/02 “Yonkers Waterfront Projects Move Ahead”
09/00 “Carved In Stone” New York Times
08/00 “Works That Appear Soft But Are Posed In Stone” New York Times
04/98 “In Yonkers Hope Is Chiseled In Stone” Journal News
06/94 “90’s commentary In A Classic Medium” New York Times
08/95 WABC Eye Witness News 05/98 Art In New England
10/89 “Morry Alter Story” WCBS /92 Caring For Your Collections, Stone Objects
The NYU Langone Medical Center Art Collection
Metropolitan Transportation Authority/Arts for Transit
The Neuberger Museum of Art, NY
The White House Collection, Washington, DC
Leslie Wexner, Limited Brands, Columbus, Ohio
Malcolm Forbes Collection, NYC
Kenneth Gilman Collection, NYC
The Nic Williamson Collection, Barbados, France, England
Public Art for the City of Yonkers, NY
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site, Yonkers, NY
The Department of PublicWorks, Yonkers, NY
Sound Associates, New York/Atlanta
Artist's media includes all or some: laminated marble, sterling silver, 3D print plastic, nickel plated frame
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