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.
- title: Tourists
- accession number: GMA 2132
- artist: Duane HansonAmerican (1925 - 1996)
- gallery: Scottish National Gallery Of Modern Art One(On Display)
- object type: Sculpture
- subject: Travel Sport and leisure
- date created: 1970
- measurements: Man 152.00 x 80.50 x 31.00 cm; Woman 160.00 x 44.00 x 37.00 cm
- credit line: Purchased 1979
- copyright: © Estate of Duane Hanson/VAGA, New York/DACS, London 2016 .
- photographer: Antonia Reeve
Hanson was born in Minnesota. He lived in Germany in the 1950s, finally settling in Florida in 1965. He was one of a number of sculptors who took to casting figures from life in the 1960s. Hanson's first casts, dating from 1967, had a political and social-realist edge, referring to the Vietnam War and the race riots. In 1970 he began casting working-class figures in ordinary, mundane situations, such as a woman with her shopping trolley or a housewife reading. Like the Pop artists, with whom he is often associated, Hanson was interested in the banality of consumer society.