Art: Making the Blue-Collar Waxworks

In Manhattan, the world's most realistic sculpture

Duane Hanson's exhibition of sculpture, which opened last week at New York's Whitney Museum, may not be the most aesthetically intriguing show in town. On that level, it is numbing. But it is bound to be the most popular. When Hanson's work was shown in Des Moines last winter, 98,000 people flooded through the turnstiles to see it. The reason is obvious enough. Everyone loves an illusion, and Hanson is an expert illusionist. His lifelike, life-size figures are cast in polyester resin and fiber glass painted to look like real skin, clothed in real garments...

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