Oral history interview with Duane Hanson, 1989 August 23-24

Hanson, Duane , b. 1925 d. 1996
Sculptor
Active in Fla.

Size: Sound recording 3 sound cassettes
Transcript: 96 pages

Collection Summary: An interview of Duane Hanson conducted 1989 August 23-24, by Liza Kirwin, for the Archives of American Art. Hanson speaks of growing up in Minnesota; his family background and education; his early interest in carving; his teachers, Dudley Carter, Alonzo Hauser, John Rood, Bill McVey, and Carl Milles; teaching in Germany; his first one-man show in Germany; meeting George Grygo, a German artist who introduced him to polyester resin and fiberglass; his long association with Ivan Karp and the OK Harris Gallery; living in New York; materials, techniques and subject matter; choosing and posing models; selecting clothing and props for his figures; pop art and photo-realism; sculptors John De Andrea and Edward Kienholz; his health and work habits; exhibitions; the public response to his sculpture; his concern for the environment; his bronze figures and new directions.

Biographical/Historical Note: Duane Hanson (1925-1996) was a sculptor from Davie, Florida. Hanson was best known for his life-size figures, often dressed in real clothes.

These interviews are part of the Archives' Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators. Funding for this interview provided by the Lannan Foundation.

Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.

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