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Tourists 1970

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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.

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A portrait with the facial features exaggerated for comic or satirical effect.


The production of a sculpture by use of a mould to make a copy, usually in a more durable material, of the original work. The term is used to describe both the process and the resulting object.

Caricature , Cast


  • Acc. No. GMA 2132
  • Medium Polyester resin and fibreglass, painted in oil, and mixed media
  • Size Man 152.00 x 80.50 x 31.00 cm; Woman 160.00 x 44.00 x 37.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1979