George Segal

by Sam Hunter and Don Hawthrone, Rizzoli, $75.00. George Segal’s sculptures–those aggressively ordi nary people in ghostly white or arbitrarily colorful plaster who lean through real doorways, loll in real chairs, or, in bronze, loiter on real streets—have an undeniable power to evoke sympathy and stir the imagination. They can also arouse hostility, and one of the most interesting sections of this highly interesting book on Segal’s artistic purposes and unique methods is devoted to his troubles with commissions for public sculpture. Our ancestors were not altogether foolish in their attachment to drooping angels and generals on prancing steeds.