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Duane Hanson papers

Creator:
Hanson, Duane  Search this
Correspondent:
O.K. Harris Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Bush, Martin H.  Search this
Hanson, Dewey  Search this
Karp, Ivan C., 1926-2012  Search this
Extent:
12.9 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sketches
Sketchbooks
Video recordings
Visitors' books
Date:
1935-2006
Summary:
The papers of Florida realist sculptor Duane Hanson date from 1935-2006 and measure 12.9 linear feet. Hanson's career is documented through biographical information, personal business records, correspondence, subject files, artwork, writings, printed materials, and photographs. There are numerous letters from the O.K. Harris Gallery and Ivan Karp, Dr. Martin Bush at Witchita State University, and Dewey Hanson.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of Florida realist sculptor Duane Hanson date from 1935-2006 and measure 12.9 linear feet. Hanson's career is documented through biographical information, personal business records, correspondence, subject files, artwork, writings, printed materials, and photographs. There are numerous letters from the O.K. Harris Gallery and Ivan Karp, Dr. Martin Bush at Witchita State University, and Dewey Hanson.

The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence and includes personal letters, fan mail, and correspondence with museums, galleries, universities, friends, and colleagues. Subject files also include scattered correspondence but typically contain printed materials and scattered business records. There is a slight overlap between the correspondence files and the subject files.

Biographical materials include a guestbook spanning 1978-1994 from many exhibitions. Also found are four videos, mostly of Hanson's television appearances and exhibitions. Personal business records contain loan records, damage reports, and expense records. Scattered writings include statements by Hanson about his artwork. Also found within the papers is one sketchbook and a few loose sketches. Printed materials largely consist of clipping files and exhibition catalogs. There are photographs are of Duane Hanson and his father Dewey, and of Hanson depicted with various works of art, as well as slides.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 8 series.

Series 1: Biographical Material 1978-1994 (Box 1; 0.6 linear feet)

Series 2: Personal Business records, circa 1960s-1996 (Box 1-2; 0.5 linear feet)

Series 3: Correspondence, 1963-2006 (Box 2-8; 5.8 linear feet)

Series 4: Subject Files, 1935-1996 (Box 8-9; 1.1 linear feet)

Series 5: Writings and Notes, 1970-1988 (Box 9; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 6: Artwork, circa 1980-circa 1984 (Box 9; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 7: Printed Material, 1958-1994 (Box 9-14; 4.0 linear feet)

Series 8: Photographs, 1978-1990 (Box 14; 0.1 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Sculptor and educator Duane Hanson (1925-1996) spent most of his career in South Florida and is best known for his hyper-realist sculptures of people. Duane Hanson was born January 17, 1925 in Alexandria, Minnesota. His family later moved to Parkers Prairie, Minnesota where he created his first sculpture in wood at the age of 13. He graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota and completed his education with an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. During school and after, Hanson created realistic and grotesque sculptures of taboo subjects and other sculptures depicting physically violent occurrences.

In 1962, Hanson accepted a teaching position at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia where he remained for three years. At Oglethorpe, Hanson received grant funds to create his most well-known works out of resin and fiberglass. He moved to South Florida in 1965, where he continued to sculpt life-size human forms with detailed features and accessories.

Art dealer Ivan Karp at O.K. Harris Gallery took an interest in the works and represented Hanson, who moved to New York City to continue his career. He exhibited at numerous solo exhibitions in the United States and Germany. In 1973, Hanson returned to South Florida where he would remain for the duration of his life. His retained the national spotlight, however, and was very active in the Florida art scene. He was named Florida Ambassador of the Arts in 1983. Duane Hanson married his second wife, Wesla in 1968, with whom he had two children. Also, he had two children from a previous marriage which ended in divorce. Hanson died of cancer in January of 1996.
Related Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds an oral history interview with Duane Hanson conducted on 1989 August 23-24 by Liza Kirwin.
Provenance:
Duane Hanson's widow, Wesla Hanson, donated his papers in two accretions in 1997 and 2006. Additions are expected.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Duane Hanson papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Sculptors -- Florida  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketches
Sketchbooks
Video recordings
Visitors' books
Citation:
Duane Hanson papers, 1935-2006. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.hansduan
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-hansduan

O.K. Harris Gallery (New York, N.Y.) [Folder]

Additional name:
OK Harris Gallery  Search this
Contents:
Folder(s) may include exhibition announcements, newspaper and/or magazine clippings, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, illustrations, resumes, artist's statements, exhibition catalogs.
Place:
New York (N.Y.)
Topic:
Art Organizations  Search this
Location:
Art & Artist files at the Smithsonian American Art Museum/ National Portrait Gallery Library
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILAF_100271

Olympics of art, 1974 edition / by Don Celender

Author:
Celender, Don 1931-2005  Search this
O.K. Harris Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Celender, Don 1931-2005  Search this
Physical description:
92 leaves : chiefly ill., ports. ; 14 x 22 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Specimens
Artists' books (books)
Smithsonian Libraries artists' books
Place:
United States
Date:
1973
C1973]
Topic:
Artists' books  Search this
Call number:
N6537.C39 A4 1973
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_638139

Observation and scholarship examination for art historians, museum directors, artists, dealers, and collectors / by Don Celender

Author:
Celender, Don 1931-2005  Search this
O.K. Harris Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
23 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Artists' books
Artists' books (books)
Smithsonian Libraries artists' books
Date:
1974
C1974
Topic:
Art--Miscellanea  Search this
Call number:
N6537.C39 A4 1974
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_655836

Observations, protestations and lamentations of museum guards throughout the world / Don Celender

Author:
Celender, Don 1931-2005  Search this
O.K. Harris Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
86 p. ; 28 cm
Type:
Specimens
Artists' books (books)
Smithsonian Libraries artists' books
Date:
1978
Topic:
Museums--Security measures  Search this
Artists' books  Search this
Call number:
N6537.C39 A4 1978
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_655928

Ron Weis : paintings, April 21-May 26, 2012

Author:
Weis, Ron  Search this
O.K. Harris Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Weis, Ron  Search this
Physical description:
56 pages : illustrations ; 30 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2012
Topic:
Postage stamps in art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1089548

Robert Van Vranken : paintings on plaster 1995

Author:
Van Vranken, Robert 1960-  Search this
Borges, Jorge Luis 1899-1986 Jardín de senderos que se bifurcan English  Search this
O.K. Harris Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Van Vranken, Robert 1960-  Search this
Physical description:
28 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 22 x 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1994
1994]
Call number:
ND237.V26 A4 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_827841

Boaz Vaadia , stone sculpture

Title:
Stone sculpture
Author:
Vaadia, Boaz  Search this
Collischan, Judy  Search this
Vaadia, Kim Turner  Search this
Jones, Christine  Search this
O.K. Harris Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Helander Gallery  Search this
Hokin Kaufman Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Vaadia, Boaz  Search this
Physical description:
[44] p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 x 25 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1992
C1992
Topic:
Stone sculpture  Search this
Call number:
NB237.V22 A4 1992
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_831711

Maxine Yalovitz-Blankenship : reconstructed memory : hopscotch, aunt Lily's beaded bag, pawnshop

Author:
Yalovitz-Blankenship, Maxine 1928-  Search this
O.K. Harris Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Yalovitz-Blankenship, Maxine 1928-  Search this
Physical description:
[16] p. : col. ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1998
[1998]
Call number:
ND237.Y35 A4 1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_614726

David Jensz : sculpture

Author:
Jensz, David 1957-  Search this
O.K. Harris Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Jensz, David Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
[16] p. : col. ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2000
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_621774

Steve Tobin : earth bronzes / essay, John Perreault ; color photography, George Erml ; black and white photography, Steve Tobin

Title:
Earth bronzes
Author:
Tobin, Steve 1957-  Search this
Perreault, John 1937-  Search this
Erml, George  Search this
Fuller Museum of Art  Search this
O.K. Harris Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Artetindustrie (Gallery)  Search this
Subject:
Tobin, Steve 1957-  Search this
Physical description:
61 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), port. ; 29 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1998
1998]
Topic:
Bronze sculpture, American  Search this
Call number:
NB237.T57 A4 1998
N40.1.T625 P47 1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_623067

Phyllis Herfield, art world portraits / essay by Gerrit Henry

Author:
Herfield, Phyllis  Search this
Henry, Gerrit  Search this
O.K. Harris Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Herfield, Phyllis Exhibitions  Search this
Herfield, Phyllis  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
C1991
Call number:
ND237.H513 H4 1991
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_635646

Michael Gitlin

Author:
Gitlin, Michael 1943-  Search this
O.K. Harris Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Gitlin, Michael 1943-  Search this
Physical description:
[17] p. : all ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1976
[1976]
Call number:
N6537.G47 A4 1976
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_668451

Museum piece / by Don Celender

Author:
Celender, Don 1931-2005  Search this
O.K. Harris Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Celender, Don 1931-  Search this
Physical description:
138 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1975
C1975
Topic:
Art museums  Search this
Museum architecture  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.C387 C45 1975
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_548875

Opinions of working people concerning the arts, by Don Celender

Author:
Celender, Don 1931-2005  Search this
O.K. Harris Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
150 p. : ports. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Minnesota
Date:
1975
C1975
Topic:
Art--Public opinion  Search this
Public opinion  Search this
Arts audiences  Search this
Arts--Attitudes  Search this
Arts surveys  Search this
Working class--Attitudes  Search this
Call number:
NX220 .O62 1975
NX220.O62 1975
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_434242

Robert Rohm : selected works, 1975-1985 / text by Kenneth Baker

Author:
Baker, Kenneth  Search this
Rohm, Robert 1934-  Search this
Nielsen Gallery (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
O.K. Harris Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Rohm, Robert 1934-  Search this
Physical description:
30 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1985
[1985?]
Call number:
N40.1.R701 B16
N40.1.R701B16
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_285788

Splendors of the Sohites : an exhibition of masterpieces of art excavated in SoHo by Evangeline Tabasco with the assistance of Professor Sam Wiener, director of the Metropolitan Container of Art

Author:
Tabasco, Evangeline  Search this
Wiener, Sam  Search this
Metropolitan Container of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
O.K. Harris Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Metropolitan Container of Art  Search this
Physical description:
[28] p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Anecdotes
Exhibitions
Humor
Place:
New York (State)
New York
Date:
C1980
20th century
Topic:
Art museums  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Call number:
N6487.N5 O106
N6487.N4 O5 1980
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_146643

Darrell Nettles : the endless line / essay by Donald Kuspit

Title:
Endless line
Author:
Nettles, Darrell  Search this
Kuspit, Donald B (Donald Burton) 1935-  Search this
O.K. Harris Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Nettles, Darrell  Search this
Physical description:
45 p. : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1998
Call number:
N6537.N4315 A4 1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_904592

David Jensz : sculpture

Author:
Jensz, David 1957-  Search this
Canberra Museum and Gallery  Search this
O.K. Harris Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Jensz, David 1957-  Search this
Physical description:
31 p. : col. ill. ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2003
Call number:
NB1105.J46 A4 2003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_905279

Thomas Bang : a selection of work, 1970-77 / [essay by Peter Frank]

Author:
Bang, Thomas  Search this
Frank, Peter 1950-  Search this
O.K. Harris Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Bang, Thomas  Search this
Physical description:
[21] p. : ill ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1977
1977?]
Call number:
NB237.B3155 A4 1977
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_928458

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