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Nude dude in body paint, cat lady in bondage, human totems: Meet Jeffrey Deitch’s ‘People’

Frank Benson’s “Human Statue” from 2005 looks exactly like a nude man wearing silver body paint, so much so that you might confuse him for one of those living statues seen on Hollywood Boulevard. He stands in perfect contrapposto on a plinth, near two equally realistic sculptures of women, by Duane Hanson and Tony Matelli. No less uncanny, despite being made of yarn, is Luis Flores’ “Guns,” a life-size statue of a man flexing a bicep. Like Hanson’s and Matelli’s works, he stands directly on the gallery floor; I was startled a couple of times thinking he was real.