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Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Hyperrealism

November 15, 2018

Like the broader Photorealist movement, hyperrealist figurative sculpture grew out of the Pop instincts of the 1950s and 60s. Just as Warhol and Lichtenstein had done before them, hyperrealists drew attention to the uneventful, everyday encounters of an increasingly commercialized culture. In Sunday’s auction we are excited to present five works by leading hyperrealist sculptors, Duane Hanson, John De Andrea, and Carole Feuerman. This miniature survey of the movement offers an interesting glimpse of the diverse themes that have been facilitated by its niche medium.

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA), the Collection of Gerard L. Cafesjian, November 18, 2018

Duane Hanson, Policeman1992-1994
November 18, 2018 Auction, The Collection of Gerard L. Cafesjian

While the quest for sculptural imitation stretches back to the artistic inquiries of the Greeks and Romans, the hyperrealist oeuvre is distinguished first and foremost by its materials. Duane Hanson cast his models using poly-resin, bronze, or fiberglass and painstakingly painted his figures to render life-like imperfections and intricacies. Departing from all sculptural precedent, Hanson would then deconstruct store-bought clothing and reassemble it on the figure.  Similarly, John De Andrea would fashion his figures with natural hair. This incorporation of everyday objects channeled the artists’ rejection of the idealistic framing that up until the 1970s had been integral to figurative sculpture.

John De Andrea, Brunette Sitting on Table1973
November 18, 2018 Auction, The Collection of Gerard L. Cafesjian

Hanson’s figures are often marked by their lower socioeconomic or working-class status and their placement in galleries and museums becomes arresting. This ‘clash’ highlights the disparities between the everyday and the fine art world and calls attention to the social marginalization and isolation of Hanson’s characters. De Andrea’s figures, such as Brunette Sitting on a Table (1973), slip more seamlessly into their exhibition spaces as their nudity undoubtedly casts them alongside classical examples of high-art. However, while De Andrea’s nudes are in many senses ideal, they are not idealized. Their postures and small flesh-like abnormalities, such as a zit or cold sore, challenge the real-world value of the classical nude.

Carole Feuerman, Capri 1996
November 18, 2018 Auction, The Collection of Gerard L. Cafesjian

In opposition to Hanson’s and De Andrea’s world-weary rhetoric, Carole Feuerman generates female figures who are highly idealized. While De Andrea’s women can be seen as voyeuristic, Feuerman resists this impulse and instead expresses an intense admiration for her subjects. Feuerman’s swimmers, such as Capri (1996), turn away from the male-gaze, closing “their eyes in introspective ecstasy.” While the works by each of these artists pursue very different arguments, together they culminate a robust discussion on the power of spectatorship.


LOT INFORMATION

Lot 163
Duane Hanson
Policeman
1992-1994
Bronze, polychromed in oil, and mixed-media with accessories
#2 of 3
Together with copy of original invoice from O’Hara Gallery dated January 16, 2001
71″ x 21.5″ x 15″
Provenance:  O’Hara Gallery, New York, New York
Illustrated: Duane Hanson: More Than Reality. T. Buchsteiner and O. Letze, eds. 2001. #104/2.

Estimate: $200,000 – 300,000
November 18, 2018 Auction, The Collection of Gerard L. Cafesjian

Lot 164
Duane Hanson
Beagle in a Basket
1990
Polychromed bronze, polyester cushion with acrylic filling, and basket
#4 of unknown edition size
Signed twice and dated with edition to underside of beagle
6.5″ x 22″ x 16″
Provenance:  Private Collection, Florida (acquired directly from the artist); James Goodman Gallery, New York, New York (acquired directly from the above); Christie’s, New York, New York, February 28, 2007, lot 261
Literature: Duane Hanson: More Than Reality. T. Buchsteiner and O. Letze, eds. 2001. #68/1 for a similar example illustrated.

Estimate: $35,000 – 45,000
November 18, 2018 Auction, The Collection of Gerard L. Cafesjian

Lot 165
John De Andrea
Brunette Sitting on Table
1973
Oil on polyester resin with synthetic hair
57.75″ x 15″ x 22″
Provenance:  OK Harris Works of Art, New York, New York; Private Collection (acquired directly from the above, 1973); Sotheby’s, New York, New York, November 10, 2011, lot 207
Exhibited:  “John de Andrea, Duane Hanson: The Real and Ideal in Figurative Sculpture,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, June 29-August 25, 1974
Illustrated: John de Andrea, Duane Hanson: The Real and Ideal in Figurative Sculpture. Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago exh. cat. 1974. N.pag.

Estimate: $50,000 – 70,000
November 18, 2018 Auction, The Collection of Gerard L. Cafesjian

Lot 166
Carole Feuerman
Capri
1996
Mixed-media and oil on resin
#9 of 9
Signed and dated with edition verso
33″ x 18″ x 12.5″
Provenance:  Jaffe Baker Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida

Estimate: $10,000 – 15,000
November 18, 2018 Auction, The Collection of Gerard L. Cafesjian

Lot 167
Carole Feuerman
Untitled
1992
Mixed-media and oil on resin
#2 of 9
Signed and dated with edition
15.5″ x 12.75″ x 7″
Provenance:  Sotheby’s, New York, New York, June 21, 2006, lot 481

Estimate: $5,000 – 7,000
November 18, 2018 Auction, The Collection of Gerard L. Cafesjian

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