Andres Serrano (2004-03-12)

Andres Serrano
Practice: Photography
Date of Lecture: 2004-03-12


There have been very few photographers who have left such a strong and resonant mark on the art world as has New York based Andres Serrano. Since graduating from the Brooklyn Museum Art School in 1969, Serranos work has consistently shaken up the art community and is always embroiled in controversy. After premiering one of his most famous pieces, Piss Christ, a photograph of a crucifix immersed in his own urine, Serrano found himself at the centre of one of the most vicious public attacks ever mounted against art, one that ultimately extended to the United States Senate. Undeterred, Serrano continues to create challenging and unflinching works of art dealing with spirituality, sexuality, and his fascination with the normal in the strange and vice-versa.

Heaven and Hell – 1984

His most recent series America is a response to the September 11th attacks on New York. This series, which addresses the identity of America, portrays a range of various Americans in larger than life prints and in quasi-heroic stances, and celebrates a nation of equality and diversity. Thus William Nelson, heroin addict is as American as Chloe Sevigny, actress, as Snoop Dogg and as firefighter, Darrell Dunbar.

Andres Serrano was born in 1950 and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He has produced solo exhibitions of his work at various international galleries including the Paula Cooper Gallery, New York; Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and the Helsinki City Art Museum, Finland.

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