Barbara Segal enjoyed an early childhood of suburban privilege--1950’s style. But, in 1963, her life changed; her father had died. Memories of that lost childhood are preserved in powerful personal images that continue to resonate in Segal’s work today.

Beginning in 1972, Segal spent two years at the distinguished École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (ENSB-A), Paris, studying stone carving. Segal 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.

Europe’s rich culture and ubiquitous art percolated and fermented within Segal. But, evidence in Segal’s body of work suggests that her eyes lingered just a bit longer on both Renaissance and Baroque art. The forms, patterns, and textures that permeate her work confirm that Italy’s architectural masterpieces, both the imposing exteriors and their tantalizing, lush interiors dominated her imagination.

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. In 1995, Segal’s focus expanded to the public art arena. Segal’s public works reflect a shift from aesthetic detail to grander scale abstractions of nature’s rhythms and flows. However, no matter the scale, the essence of Segal’s work remains constant: the hard is rendered seductively soft; the ephemeral, permanent.

Segal’s work continues to be exhibited in both solo and group exhibits sponsored by museums, universities, private galleries and art fairs. In 2001, she was awarded a NYC Metropolitan Authority Arts for Transit commission. In 2008, she received an Americans for the Arts, Washington D.C. Public Art Network Award. Segal’s work is held in both public and private collections, including those of the Neuberger Museum of Art, the White House, Malcolm Forbes, and The Limited's Leslie Wexner.

Today, Segal’s attention has shifted back to the quarries of Italy, where emerging technology is meeting ancient tradition with powerful effect on Segal and her plans for future work. Segal resides in Yonkers, NY where work progresses on private commissions and her two latest series, Little Girls’ Dresses and Designer Handbags. Segal teaches stone carving at the School of Visual Arts.



An evening to honor the recipients of the 2015 Carrara Residency Merit Award

For the past 5 years, ABC Worldwide Stone, in cooperation with New York Academy of Art, has sponsored a stone sculpting Artist Residency in Carrara, Italy, as part of its ongoing commitment to promoting the use of stone in artistic practice. Based at Corsanini Studios, located at the foothills of Apuan Alps, the Carrara Residency exposes students to the global art world, helps cultivate lifelong relationships, and hone their craft in an immersive environment.

On April 20th, The Carrara Residency celebration and unveiling was held at ABC Stone’s Brooklyn showroom and warehouse to honor the 2015 recipients of the Merit Award, Marco Palli and Joshua Henderson.

Trained in Civil Engineering and Business administration, Marco Palli has always seen the world in a mathematical way. A multidisciplinary artist, Marco found his way to sculpture after pursuing in-depth explorations into music and literature. Palli describes his creative process as “Meditating about happiness.” At this year’s celebration, Marco unveiled his sculpture Transparent to transcendence, which he characterizes as a conceptual self-portrait. “The piece revisits my own culture,” he says, “exposes my roots as a Catholic man who has perhaps lost his own identity.”

Joshua Henderson was born in 1986 as one of seven siblings, in a small town in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. After studying art at Southern Utah University, and receiving his BFA in 2013, he attended the New York Academy of Art, where he received an MFA with a focus on sculpture. He is a two-time recipient of the Carrara Residency Merit Award. 1st Witness, which was unveiled at the celebration, is part of a series of ten stone carvings which he describes as, “expressing the two-sided nature of things that brings us comfort.”

Other esteemed artists on view included Barry X Ball, Stephen Shaheen, Barbara Segal, Michael Kukla, and Alasdair Thomson.

We would like to thank Wild Dogs International (www.wilddogsinternational.com) for the spectacular projections and lighting they provided, the band ZS (www.zzzsss.com) for the stellar performance and DJ set, Elliot Goldstein (www.elliotgoldstein.net) for perfectly capturing the festivities with immense style and aplomb, and our amazing wine sponsor for the second year running, Maison Belle Clare (www.maisonbelleclaire.com).


Carrara Residency Merit Award Party at Gallery 151

This year’s party in honor of the Carrara Residency Merit Award was held at Gallery 151 in the heart of Chelsea. We proudly unveiled “Mother” made of White Carrara marble by Joshua Henderson and “Inner Baby” made of Portuguese Pink marble by Heena Kim. The sculptures were created in Carrara, Italy during the ABC Stone-sponsored residency during the Summer of 2014. 

ABC Stone sponsors the annual Artist Residency in Carrara through the New York Academy of Art as part of its ongoing commitment to sustaining and promoting the use of stone in artistic practice. Of the many creative treatments of this material, traditional carving has suffered a decline of knowledge base during the past century. ABC seeks to address this by pairing young artists with master sculptors for experiential learning through intensive mentoring. It is our belief that deepening the awareness of stone commensurately widens respect for this venerable medium and the millennia-old human tradition in transforming it through highly skilled craft. Whether in Michelangelo’s homeland or in our very own NYC backyard, ABC remains devoted to sponsoring the cultural arts and in particular stone artistry.

ABC Stone Presents “Radical Intent” at Gallery 151

ABC WORLDWIDE STONE PRESENTS:

RADICAL INTENT

Featuring: SEBASTIAN MARTORANA | BARBARA SEGAL | STEPHEN SHAHEEN | ALASDAIR THOMSON

ON VIEW TO THE PUBLIC THROUGH MARCH 28TH

A child’s first stuffed animal. The tarsal of a saint. A purse that costs as much as a car. Subjects of irrational reverence, they remind us of the precarious contingencies of our desires: what we really value are essences, not properties.

In a radical gesture, Duchamp declares a urinal to be Fountain. With radical intentionality, sculptors Sebastian Martorana, Barbara Segal, Stephen Shaheen and Alasdair Thomson anoint metamorphosed lumps of shells as Shirt, Canvas, Cinder Block, Bone. This is not a Chanel bag. Or is it? Both are crafted and craved for their symbolic capital. Yet there is something phenomenologically different when intention is invested through making, by an aggregate of thousands of decisions and an intense realization process requiring years of training. In an era where machines can produce simulacra in marble for anyone with an idea and a credit card, representation comes with new responsibilities—and new implications, when rendered by hand.

These four artists, whose honed skills seem avant-garde in a scene saturated with externalized modes of production, present confoundingly scrupulous works in marble. It is not virtuosity on display, but virtuosic carving in the service of a fierce intention. Objects of devotion pursued obsessively, fetishizations of fetishes, sculpted fetishistically.

Curated by Stephen Shaheen & Michael Namer

For more photos: http://on.fb.me/1IF0EMj
  • Birth Stone: Piggy by Sebastian Martorana

    Birth Stone: Piggy by Sebastian Martorana

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  • Birth Stone: Piggy by Sebastian Martorana
  • Aisling by Alasdair Thomson
  • Details. Aisling by Alasdair Thomson
  • Aisling by Alasdair Thomson
  • Bones by Stephen Shaheen
  • Chanel No. 5 by Barbara Segal
  • First Steps by Alasdair Thomson
  • Birth Stone: Little Lamb by Sebastian Martorana
  • I Heart New York by Alasdair Thomson
  • Soft Steps: Baby Steps by Sebastian Martorana
  • Cinder Block by Sebastian Martorana
  • Cathedral Dress by Barbara Segal