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Artist:
Duane Hanson, born Alexandria, MN 1925-died Boca Raton, FL 1996  Search this
Medium:
polyester resin and fiberglass with oil and acrylic paints and found accessories
Dimensions:
overall: 50 x 30 x 55 in. (127.0 x 76.2 x 139.7 cm)
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
1971
Gallery Label:
Duane Hanson is known for superrealistic sculptures that often cause viewers to pause with uncertainty about whether they are looking at a sculpture or a person. Cast in fiberglass and resin from live models, then painted and clothed, Hanson's life-size figures are presented as ordinary individuals engaged in everyday activities. The Museum has replaced the original National Enquirer on the table with a contemporary tabloid, both to spare the original from overexposure to light and to heighten the surprise for visitors that the seated woman is not alive.
Publication Label:
Duane Hanson was known for his ultrarealistic sculptures that often cause viewers to pause with uncertainty as to whether they are seeing a sculpture or a person. Cast in fiberglass and resin from live models, then painted and clothed, Hanson's life-size figures are presented as ordinary individuals engaged in mundane activities. The museum has replaced the original National Enquirer on the table with a contemporary tabloid, both to spare the original from overexposure to light and to heighten the surprise for visitors that the seated woman is not alive.
Smithsonian American Art Museum: Commemorative Guide. Nashville, TN: Beckon Books, 2015.
Topic:
Recreation\leisure\eating and drinking  Search this
Figure female\full length  Search this
Dress\accessory\handbag  Search this
State of being\other\obese  Search this
Object\furniture\table  Search this
Object\written matter\newspaper  Search this
Object\foodstuff\ice cream  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment
Object number:
2005.22A-Z
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Painting and Sculpture
On View:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 3rd Floor, East Wing
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_2005.22A-Z