Tekst: Johann-Karl Schmidt e.a.
Aantal pagina’s: 192
Illustraties: Kleur en zwart-wit
Uitgever: Hatje Cantz, 2001
Staat: Als nieuw
Catalogus bij de tentoonstelling in de Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, 2001
Who has not seen them, Duane Hanson’s larger-than-life figures which seem to have sprung directly from ordinary life? In the gallery, they quickly become the favourites of visitors, are beleaguered by school kids and jealously protected by gallery attendants. Those who dare to move close to the polyester- resincasts are rewarded with a view of things which could never be studied so candidly in real life: wrinkles, facial hair and other bodily imperfections. And yet Duane Hanson’s objective is not blatant voyeurism but to access those things we prefer to overlook, to see the drabness of everyday life and our own final mortality. The helpless, empty gaze which characterizes almost all of his figures testifies to the high price paid by many for a life in the American dream. Until now, no study of Duane Hanson’s complete oeuvre has been available on the market, a gap that is closed by this extensive monograph documenting all stages of his original work.