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© The Estate of Duane Hanson. Courtesy the Estate of Duane Hanson and Gagosian.

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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Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions
2018
I Don’t Like Fiction, I Like History: Duane Hanson with Thomas Demand, Andreas Gursky, Sharon Lockhart, and Jeff WallGagosian
2015
Duane HansonSerpentine Galleries
2014
Duane HansonGagosian
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Chinese Student, 1989

Autobody filler, polychromed in oil, mixed media with accessories
31 1/2 × 21 3/4 × 40 1/4 in
80 × 55.2 × 102.2 cm
Location
New York, Beverly Hills, London, Paris, Le Bourget, Geneva, Basel, Rome, Athens, Central, Hong Kong
Medium
Image rights
© The Estate of Duane Hanson. Courtesy the Estate of Duane Hanson and Gagosian.

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.

Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions (3)
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