Duane Hanson

American, 1925–1996

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Duane Hanson

American, 1925–1996

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Duane Hanson created attention-grabbing, life-sized sculptural portraits of cultural types and clichés, including, perhaps most famously, the “Middle-American” tourist. Hanson’s hyperrealistic sculptures are cast from live models and typically formed in bronze or fiberglass resin. He is known for devoting meticulous attention to details like hair, veins, and the various accoutrements—clothing and ephemera—that complete his observational sculptural vignettes. Hanson’s life-sized human modeling has been compared to that of artists John de Andrea and George Segal (the latter an inspiration to Hanson when he began to work in realist sculpture) and his use of everyday, found objects often draws comparisons with Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg.

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Biography

Duane Hanson created attention-grabbing, life-sized sculptural portraits of cultural types and clichés, including, perhaps most famously, the “Middle-American” tourist. Hanson’s hyperrealistic sculptures are cast from live models and typically formed in bronze or fiberglass resin. He is known for devoting meticulous attention to details like hair, veins, and the various accoutrements—clothing and ephemera—that complete his observational sculptural vignettes. Hanson’s life-sized human modeling has been compared to that of artists John de Andrea and George Segal (the latter an inspiration to Hanson when he began to work in realist sculpture) and his use of everyday, found objects often draws comparisons with Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Serpentine Galleries
Group
Group show at a major institution
Whitney Museum of American Art, and 6 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 2 more
Articles Featuring Duane Hanson
Why Artists Love the Eerie Sensation of Characters That Look Almost Human
Jan 26th, 2019
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