About this artwork

Hanson’s earliest life-casts, which date from the late 1960s, had an overtly political edge, but in 1970 he began casting ordinary people doing nothing in particular: reading, shopping, hanging about. These Tourists are perhaps his best-known works. Like Andy Warhol, Hanson saw boredom and banality as key characteristics of post-war, consumer society, but he also injected his work with humour and warmth. Although these two figures are presented as a couple, they were cast from life, one after the other, and never even met.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
    Duane HansonAmerican (1925 - 1996)
  • title:
    Tourists
  • date created:
    1970
  • materials:
    Polyester resin and fibreglass, painted in oil, and mixed media
  • measurements:
    152.00 x 80.50 x 31.00 cm (man figure size); 160.00 x 44.00 x 37.00 cm (woman figure size)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1979
  • accession number:
    GMA 2132
  • gallery:
  • subject:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Duane Hanson

Duane Hanson