|One of these people is real|
Far better was a long-overdue Duane Hanson exhibition at the Serpentine's new Sackler Gallery across the bridge. Hanson was a US artist who made incredibly lifelike sculptures of people on the edge of society - ordinary, overlooked, overweight American manual labourers, pensioners and so on. I've seen his work overseas but never in Britain, perhaps because curators and critics have trouble defining the difference between his work and that of, say, Madame Tussauds (and, by the way, Hanson's figures are much more lifelike, both in terms of their actual appearance and because they are not celebrities). Ron Mueck's work has been similarly dismissed, although his of course are much larger than life. It's interesting that our first instinct is to laugh at them which is kind of understandable, and yet there is actually an immense sadness about them.