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The Human Body in Contemporary American Sculpture

February 1–March 2, 1996
980 Madison Avenue, New York

Duane Hanson, Bodybuilder, 1989–95 Autobody filler, polychromed in oil, mixed media, with accessories, 47 × 38 × 39 inches (119.4 × 96.5 × 99.1 cm), edition of 2

Duane Hanson, Bodybuilder, 1989–95

Autobody filler, polychromed in oil, mixed media, with accessories, 47 × 38 × 39 inches (119.4 × 96.5 × 99.1 cm), edition of 2

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There has always been tremendous interest in the human form and its influence on contemporary art. Whether highly representational or abstracted almost beyond recognition, the human form serves as the subject, the object, and, at times, the vehicle through which the final work is realized. The human body is particularly evident in sculpture because of the direct spatial relationship to the object, where the viewer’s own body is one of the primary means through which the work is interpreted and compared.

Spanning four decades and including the work of twenty-two artists, Gagosian’s exhibition The Human Body in Contemporary American Sculpture unites a diverse group of artists, some of whose primary medium is sculpture, and some who have used sculpture to further explore issues of form found in their painting.