Born: Alexandria, Minnesota 1925
Died: Boca Raton, Florida 1996
polyester resin and fiberglass with oil and acrylic paints and found accessories overall: 50 x 30 x 55 in. (127.0 x 76.2 x 139.7 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment
Smithsonian American Art Museum
3rd Floor, North Wing
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.
Dress - accessory - handbag
Figure female - full length
Object - foodstuff - ice cream
Object - furniture - table
Object - written matter - newspaper
Recreation - leisure - eating and drinking
State of being - other - obese