Duane Hanson: Sculpture and Photographs 1978-1995

Jan 27 - Apr 26, 2009
Boca Raton Museum of Art

This exhibition presented never exhibited working photographs by sculptor Duane Hanson (1925-1996). Hanson's small-scale color photographs were created as studies for his iconic hyperrealist sculptures.

Although Hanson began making hyper realistic sculptures in 1967, he introduced an instant camera into his artistic process in 1977. His focus was everyday people - construction workers, shoppers, tourists, high school students. Like photographic sketches for his remarkably lifelike figurative works, these images reveal the thinking, slight changes in poses or prop placement, and the shifting refinements which Hanson brought to the creation of his sculptures. Although intended as visual assists during the making of his sculpture, the photographs in vertical or horizontal grids, or as multi-snapshot series, add an eerie dimension to Hanson's now-famous sculpture, while bringing into question the relationship between photography, sculpture, art and life.

This exhibition was organized with the assistance of the artists' wife Wesla Hanson.


Duane Hanson's "Man on Mower" at the Boca Raton Museum of Art

Duane Hanson, Man on Mower, 1995, autobody filler, polychromed in oil, mixed media, with accessories. Collection of Mrs. Duane Hanson. © Estate of Duane Hanson/Licensed by VAGA/New York, NY