Great Moments in Art: The Whimsical Works of Stephen Hansen
Artist's Statement: After taking a year off to make metal things to avoid painting, it seemed like it would be easier to learn to paint....I started with "Rothko." It had never occurred to me, until I became involved in this project, to pretend to be someone else.
For 37 years we have exhibited Stephen Hansen’s figurative sculptures and I think of it as our public service. We live in humor-challenged times, and Washington DC is the epicenter of humorlessness. Our antidote is Stephen Hansen sculptures. They are not just funny the first time you view them, they are funny the 1000th time. For this show, Hansen has faithfully reproduced iconic paintings of the masters, and then added small sculpted painters on scaffolds who appear to be doing the actual painting!