Duane Hanson at Gagosian

I met a fellow photog when I was in London last week. “Man with camera” (1991-92) is a hyperrealistic sculpture by American artist Duane Hanson. Hanson usually depicted lonely American citizens in an everyday situation, indicating the banality of it. The use of real accessories contributes to the realistic feel of his work. “I’m not duplicating life, I’m making a statement about human values,” Hanson said. “I show the empty-headedness, the fatigue, the aging, the frustration.” Which I can confirm: this guy wasn’t a really inspirational conversation partner.