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Theater & art

Frame by Frame

‘Old Man Playing Solitaire’ by Duane Hanson

WATERVILLE, Maine — How can such a fastidiously made, impeccably finished work of art function so like a rude burp?

“Old Man Playing Solitaire” is by Duane Hanson, a South Florida-based artist who died in 1996. Made in 1973 from polyester resin and fiberglass, painted in oil, and deftly accessorized, it is part of the Lunder Family Collection at Colby College Museum of Art. It occupies space in the recently spruced up galleries there much as an abandoned suitcase occupies space in a crowded airport terminal. An anomaly, at once familiar, and yet a magnet for dread.

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