PARIS///MUST SEE SHOW///DUANE HANSON AT GALERIE EMMANUEL PERROTIN

May 3, 2009  |  art, Livestrong, News, Paris

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Pioneering "Hyperrealist" artist DUANE HANSON spent a lifetime perfecting his totally lifelike human sculptures before cancer claimed his life at age 71 in 1996. Now, in homage to the great renderer of the everyman, GALERIE EMMANUEL PERROTIN is presenting an incredible collection of some of the artist's best work, representing everyone from skater kids to construction workers in their epic new Rue Turenne space in Paris' 4th arrondissement. Hanson cast his sculptures from live subjects and fabricated them using fiberglass and resin, allowing for utterly lifelike detail. Thematically, Hanson was concerned with the man on the street and sought to portray the marginalized members of society he saw around him every day: "People, workers, the elderly, all these people I see with sympathy and affection. These are the people who have fought the battle of life and who now and then show the hard work and the frustration ... It’s all about human activity, it’s truth, and we all get there." As the home to Lance Armstrong's upcoming anti-cancer "Stages" art show benefiting the Livestrong foundation this July 16th, Perrotin's incredible exhibition provides the perfect prelude illustrating the career of an artist working at the peak of his craft when his life was so tragically ended by a disease still not fully understood. Hanson's work remains on display until July 11th, don't miss it. HAVE A LOOK:

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