This image is presented as a "thumbnail" because it is protected by copyright. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts respects the rights of artists who retain the copyright to their work. Title:JoanArtist:John DeAndrea Date:1987Creation Place:North America, United StatesCredit Line:Gift of Donna and Cargill MacMillan Jr.Accession Number:2010.58.2
John De Andrea is an American sculptor and a contributor to the superrealist art movement; he was part of the original art movement that began in the late 1960s. He has become famous for his life-like sculptures of nude models, the majority of which are idealized figures of women. Cast from life and finished with the utmost detail, these sculptures are usually elegant and casually posed. Their glossy hyperrealism, however, ultimately detracts from their beauty - much as surgical enhancements mar the natural beauty of so many women today. In this sense, especially, these works are a fascinating expression of contemporary culture.
Joan is a quintessential example of DeAndrea's superrealist sculpture, in which he explores his interest in trompe l'oei and his ideas about female beauty.