George Segal (1924-2000) was born in New York and raised during the Great Depression on a poultry farm in New Jersey. Educated in New York (at Stuyvesant High School, Pratt, Cooper Union, and finally New York University), he joined the 10th Street scene as a young artist but also bought his own chicken farm with his wife Helen in the late 1940s. In 1956, Allan Kaprow chose the Segal farm as the site for his first Happening. It was in the late 1950s that Segal began to experiment with sculpture, ultimately casting his own body with plaster bandages. Though known as part of the Pop Art movement,
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