Black Jesus, 1990
152.4 x 101.6 cm
Edition of 4

artist profile

Andres Serrano



lives and works

New York, USA


Brooklyn Museum of Art School, Brooklyn, USA, 1967–69

about the artist

One of the key agitators working in contemporary photography today, Andres Serrano creates an alternate reality through unearthing the beauty that lies within the startling, the lurid, and the taboo. He juxtaposes bodily fluids or matter—the profane—with religious iconography or objects—the sacred—in his works, for example, the infamous "Piss Christ". He also produces portraits of the extremely famous or decidedly unspoken members of society; e.g., members of the KKK or bodies in morgues. Exhibiting theatricality out of contrived settings or simply capturing existing truths, his imagery is direct and honest, and allows no residue of complacency or neutrality. Controversy has surrounded Serrano for the better part of his career, generating a copious amount of press and publicity within as well as outside the art world. Serrano and his art have been discussed in academic journals and papers as much as they’ve been included in major group exhibitions—reproduced in books about, to name a few, transgressive art, creative spirituality, symbolic imprints, or a cultural history of photography, or appearing in shows curated around themes as diverse as eroticism, AIDS, civil rights, icons of domination, and transcendence and love. Serrano has held solo exhibitions all over the world: major traveling shows include Andres Serrano: Works 1983–1993, which shuttled within the United States in 1996, and Body and Soul, which traveled among Northern and Central European cities in 2000.


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Allen Art Museum, Oberlin, USA

Art Institute of Chicago, USA

Baltimore Museum of Art, USA

Capc Musée d'art Contemporain,  Bordeaux, France

Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Sevilla, Spain

Centro Cultural Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, Mexico

Fonds Regional d'Art Contemporain, Cluny, France

Institute of Contemporary Art, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, USA

Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, USA

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, USA

Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia

New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, USA

Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, USA

University of Alabama, Birmingham, USA

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA