Duane Hanson, ‘Chinese Student’, 1989, Gagosian

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About Duane Hanson

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.

American, 1925-1996

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San Francisco,
Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, 
Stuttgart, Germany,
Getroffen. Otto Dix und die Kunst des Porträts