This autumn, S│2 London will bring a slice of Middle America to the heart of Mayfair, as it draws together a selection of American sculptor Duane Hanson’s most important works for his first solo exhibition in London for fifteen years.
Famed for his life-sized, painstakingly-detailed sculptural portraits of everyday Middle-American life, Hanson became one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Casting the downtrodden and world-weary as the leading lights of his work, he transformed ordinary people into extraordinary works of art, inviting his viewers to reconsider the realities of American dream.
Reality Check provides a rare opportunity to survey Hanson’s sculptures bringing together seminal pieces including Man on Mower, one of the final works completed by Hanson before his death, and Bus Stop Lady, 1983, which featured in last year’s Venice Biennale, Il Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace).
Duane Hanson Man on a Mower bronze polychromed in oil, with mower
Executed in 1995.
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