Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Duane Hanson at Van De Weghe Fine Art

Duane Hanson, Young Shopper, 1973


Duane Hanson, Queenie II, 1988


Duane Hanson, Traveller, 1985


Duane Hanson, Tourists II, 1988


Life-sized sculptures of Duane Hanson (American 1925-1996) are on view at Van De Weghe Fine Art in New York City through May 22, 2009.

36 comments:

g. said...

Whoa. Wow. That is large talent.

jennifer from pittsburgh said...

This kind of stuff always freaks me out a little wee bit. Really puts the 'hyper' in hyper realism ;)

karly / design crisis said...

oh, I've always loved his work. Just one more reason I wish I lived in New York

Andhari said...

Those aren't real people? Such talent!

Diana said...

whao. they kind of remind me of chuck close' paintings. they are so eerie like the realsim of americana. and the greasy face is so detailed!!

Raina said...

This takes me back to design school - he was a fave of one of my art history profs. I wonder how these hold up through the decades.

NODtoMOD said...

quite interesting! i kind of love it though. :) xo

erin@designcrisis said...

His work creeps me out so bad. Of course, my inlaws -- who look very much like those tourist sculptures -- are similarly frightening.

Chris said...

Very creepy, but very real. Maybe that's why they're so creepy? I run into these people all the time. I'd probably try talking to one of them if I saw such a sculpture on the street. And they're timeless.

down and out chic said...

i would love to see this show in person. it looks like duane hunson had a lot to say about our culture.

clorivak said...

hahaha! Love them. he's the got the frump look down pat!!!

She's Dressing Up said...

Wow they're so realistic, fantastic

The Seeker said...

Sooooooo interesting really realistic...

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Absolutely Not Martha said...

just amazing.

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

Kind of lets you know the way America looks...LOL! Interesting

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Savvy Mode SG said...

interesting art.

Pop Champagne said...

holy those aren't real people? wow that totally fooled me lol

LiLu said...

The "Tourists" one just Made. My. LIFE.

Elizabeth Marie said...

So realistic...like there's cellulite on that tourist. OMG. Not cute.

Fresh Paper said...

My favorite professor, Lynn, went to a Duane Hanson show once. There was a gallery guard who was actually a piece. Lynn said if you stood still long enough, people would start to look at you like you were art, and the only way to tell real people from the sculptures was from the dust on the Hansons.

thereddeer said...

Creeps me right out!

Felicia said...

So this is a coincidence. I just read on Wiki that Duane is from MN. I was at Chambers Hotel downtown Minneapolis a few weeks ago and saw two sculptures and I'm pretty sure they are by him. There was a write up on the sculptures in something I was reading the other day but I can't find it. Anyway, I was drunk and the sculptures scared the shit out of me because they were new and therefore not there last time I was there. Also, they were like, eight feet tall. Good story.

Bon Don said...

Wow! Very cool!!

Pyzahn said...

I really have a love/hate thing with this artist. I love the attention to detail and the fascination factor, but they do kinda give me the willies.

Underfunded Heiress said...

Wow this is freaky.

How is that a young shopper?

I love the last one of the tourists!

LipstickOne said...

i'm not into life imitating art and vice versa but i do think its amazing the work put into it. :)

Keeley said...

These look so freakishly real! Wow!

Chessa! said...

coolness..I have to check it out!

~ ennui ~ said...

have you ever been to disney world? looks a lot like that.

Hanako66 said...

amazing that these are not real people!

Allison said...

The tourist is in my students' reading book. "Trompe L'oeil" is what they called it when the artist attempts to fool the eye. So cool.

The Cottage Cheese said...

His sculptures are so real, it's spooky! I've seen a couple of them on exhibit in Dallas or Fort Worth (I can't remember which museum it was).

Denise said...

These sculptures are actually really cool! I like it when people turn ordinary things into art!

xxx

jen said...

those are some seriously depressing sculptures.

yummychummy said...

these are amazing!