Andres Serrano  (American, 1950) 

Andres Serrano (American, b.1950) is a New York-born Conceptual artist known for his provocative and often controversial works. After studying at the Brooklyn Museum Art School from 1967 to 1969, Serrano became known for his photographs, which combined beauty and vulgarity. Primarily working in large-format and using no digital manipulation, Serrano lets the subject matter of his photos speak—and shock—for itself. Perhaps best known for his work Piss Christ, a photograph of a crucifix in what is purported to be the artist’s own urine, Serrano has drawn negative reactions from the religious leaders, conservative activists, and—most famously—senators protesting his receipt of National Endowment of the Arts funding. However, many have defended Serrano’s right to the freedom of expression, and he has continued to create works exploring challenging themes, such as violence, race, and poverty.

Other well-known works include his early 1990s series Objects of Desire, depicting firearms, The Morgue, depicting victims of violent crimes, and America, exploring the wide spectrum of what it “means to be an American.” Serrano’s work is included in museums around the world, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., and has been used on album covers for heavy metal bands, such as Metallica. Serrano has also explored the realm of music, recording an album and creating a series of videos under the alter-ego Brutus Faust. Solo exhibitions of Serrano’s work have occurred around the world, and he is represented in New York and Paris by Yvon Lambert Gallery.

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Andres Serrano, Klansman (Imperial Wizard III)


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Klansman (Imperial Wizard III)
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Andres Serrano, The Morgue (Fatal Meningitis II)


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The Morgue (Fatal Meningitis II)

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Andres Serrano, Heredia #51


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Heredia #51

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Andres Serrano, Yaikel Green Chair


Andres Serrano
Yaikel Green Chair

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Andres Serrano, The Thinker


Andres Serrano
The Thinker

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Andres Serrano, The Hat


Andres Serrano
The Hat

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Andres Serrano, Jennifer, Carla, Estefania


Andres Serrano
Jennifer, Carla, Estefania

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Andres Serrano, Domino Players Havana


Andres Serrano
Domino Players Havana

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Andres Serrano, Alicia Alonso


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Alicia Alonso

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Andres Serrano, Virginian dragoon 44 (from Object of Desire)


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Virginian dragoon 44 (from Object of Desire), 1992


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Andres Serrano, Blood transfusion resulting in aids (from the Morgue)


Andres Serrano
Blood transfusion resulting in aids (from the Morgue), 1992


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Andres Serrano, Colt D.A. 38 (from Object of Desire)


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Colt D.A. 38 (from Object of Desire), 1992


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1950   Born in New York, NY
1967 - 1969   Studied at Brooklyn Museum Art School, Brooklyn, NY
1985   Participated in National Studio Program at P.S.1, Long Island City, NY
1986   Recipient, National Endowment for the Arts
1987   New York Foundation for the Arts. Art Matters, Inc.
1989   Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Cintas Foundation
1990   New York State Council on the Arts, Sponsored Project
1998   Recipient, Awards in the Visual Arts, Art Matters, Inc.
2000   Recipient, Gold Medal, Art Directors Club 79th Annual Awards
2000   Recipient, Silver Medal, Art Directors Club 79th Annual Awards
2000   Recipient, Merit Award, The Society of Publication Designers
2001   Participated in 35th Publication Design Competition
  Lives and works in New York, NY
2010   25 Years / 25 Works, Wessel + O’Connor Fine Arts, Lambertville, NJ
2008   Art[e]merica Latina, The Citadel, Saint-Tropez, France (7/4-10/15/08)
2008   Street & Studio: An Urban History of Photography, Tate Modern, London, England (5/22-8/31/08)
2008   Traces du Sacré, curated by Alfred Pacquement, Jean de Loisy and Angela Lampe, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France (5/7-8/11/08); traveling to Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (9/18/08-1/11/09)
2008   BABY: Picturing the Ideal Human, Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (4/22-5/08)
2008   On the Human Being. International Photography1950-2000’s,” Contemporary Art Muesum, Seville, Seville, Spain
2008   Shit, Yvon Lambert New York, New York, (4/9 – 4/10/08) (solo)
2007   Portraits d’une Troupe, Collection Lambert en Avignon, Avignon, France (solo)
2007   Mask, James Cohan Gallery in collaboration with Joseph G. Gerena Fine Art, New York, NY (12/13/07-1/26/08)
2007   All for Art! Our Great Private Collectors ShareTheir Works, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada (12/6/07-3/2/08)
2007   Death Becomes Her, Yvon Lambert Temporary Space, Miami, FL (12/5-12/10/07)
2007   Fotográfica, Fotomuseo, Bogota, Columbia (10/10-11/19/07)
2007   Dedica – 1986-2006 Twenty Years from Galleria Alfonso Artiaco, curated by Julia Draganovic, PAN, Palazzo delle Arti Napoli, Naples, Italy (12/16/06-3/17/07)
2007   J’embrasse Pas, Collection Lambert, Avignon, France (10/27/07-1/13/08) (solo)
2007   Passage du Temps, Collection François Pinault Foundation, Lille, France (10/16/07-1/1/08) (solo)
2007   A History of Sex, Kulturen, Lund, Sweden (9/23 -12/31/07) (solo)
2007   Moving onto ALINGSÅS Kulturhus, Alingsås, Sweden (1/26-3/8/08) (solo)
2007   Cuerpo Sagrado: Andres Serrano, Fotologia 5, Museo Iglesia Santa Clara, Bogotá, Colombia (8/9-9/1/07) (solo)
2007   Portraits d’une Troupe, Collection Lambert en Avignon, Avignon, France (7/7-9/30/07) (solo)
2007   Russia, Galleri Charlotte Lund, Stockholm, Sweden (4/19-6/2/07) (solo)
2006   Andres Serrano: La Part Maudite, Collection Lambert, Musée d'Art Contemporain Avignon, France (11/18/06-2/11/07) (solo
2006   Andres Serrano, PAC, Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy (10/15-11/26/06) (solo)
2006   Baroque, Gimpel Fils, London, England (4/4-5/6/06); Walter Otero Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico (2/23 - 4/6/06) (solo)
2006   Minding Traditions, The Museum of Biblical Art, New York (12/8/06 - 2/25/07)
2006   Dark Places, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, California (1/21-4/22/06)
2006   Beautiful Suffering: Photography and the Traffic in Pain, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA (1/14-4/30/06)
2006   Andres Serrano: El dedo en la llaga, ARTIUM Contemporary Art Museum, Vitoria, Spain (6/21 – 10/15/06); travelling to Tecla Sala, Barcelona (1/18 – 3/25/07); and PhotoEspaña Festival, Madrid, Spain (6/6 – 7/22/07)
2006   Andres Serrano, Walter Otero Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico (2/2 – 3/2/06)
2005   Andres Serrano: Lectures in Photography, Ferguson Theater; Columbia College, Chicago (11/17/2005)
2005   Russia-America, Moscow House of Photography, Moscow, Russia (12/8 – 1/6/06)
2005   Andres Serrano: Enthüllungen/ Revelations, C/O Berlin, Berlin, Germany (10/8/05- 12/4/05)
2005   Des Américains, Yvon Lambert, Paris
2005   A History of Sex, The Erotic Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2005   The Americans, Galleria Ugo Ferranti, Roma, Italy
2005   Man & Woman: Love’s Wonderous Ways, Museum of New Art in Parnu, Estonia
2005   20th Anniversary of Wessel + O’Connor Fine Art, Wessel + O’Connor Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY (11/12-12/23/05)
2005   The Divine Body, The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NY (10/7-10/27)
2005   Twenty Five Years, Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA (10/21 – 12/31)
2005   25 Years Baumgartner Gallery, Part 2, Baumgartner Gallery, New York, NY
2005   Collection Lambert en Avignon, Musée d’art contemporain, Avignon, France
2005   Corpus Christi, Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York, NY (6/18-7/30/05)
2005   Jesus Christ Superstar: 140 Years of Jesus Christ in photography, Bruce Silverstein Photography, New York, NY (6/16-7/29/05)
2003   America, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
2003   Works 1985-2002, Andre Simoens Gallery, Belgium
2003   Ekthesi Photographias, Kalfayan Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece
2003   A History of Sex, 5th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival-Images of the 21st Century, Greece
2003   America, Chac Mool Gallery, Los Angeles
2002   Body and Soul, Traveling Exhibition, MEO, Budapest, Hungary (Az idö és a gonosz helye)
2002   Andres Serrano, Reali Arte Contemporarea, Brescia, Italy
2002   Andres Serrano’s Via Crucis, Ex Church S. Marta/Rome
2002   America, Gimpel Fils, London, England
2001   Best of the Season, The Aldrich Museum of Contempoorary Art, Ridgefield, CT
2001   Objects of Desire Andre Simoens Gallery, Knokke-Zoute, Belgium
2001   The Interpretation of Dreams, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
2001   World Without End, The Cathedral of Saint John The Divine, New York
2001   The Interpretation of Dreams, Photology, Milano, Italy
2001   The Interpretation of Dreams, Galleri Charlotte Lund, Stockholm, Sweden
2001   Andres Serrano, The Barbican (The Curve), London
2001   Andres Serrano: La Interpretación de los Sueños, Juana de Aizpuru Gallery, Madrid, Spain
2001   Because Sex Sells: Part II, Nikolai Fine Art, New York
2001   Give & Take, Serpentine Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
2001   Fulll Frontal, Phtographic Portraits, Jan Weiner Gallery, Kansas, MO
2000   Body and Soul, Travelling Exhibition - Bergen Art Society, Bergen, Norway, Rogaland Kunst Museum, Stavanger, Norway, TromsØ Art Society, TromsØ, Norway, Ludwig Foundation, Aachen, Germany, Barbican Art Center, London, England, Stenersenmusett, Oslo, Norway, Helsinki City Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
2000   Helsinki City Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
2000   Ciurlionis National Museum of Art, Kaunas, Lithuania
2000   Faith: The Impact of Judeo-Christian Religion on Art at the Millenium
2000   Picturing the Modern Amazon, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
1999   Pure Essence and Presumed Innocence, Marella Arte Contemporanea,
1999   Immersions & Fluid Abstractions, André Simoens Gallery, Knokke, Belgium.
1997   In Visible Light: Photography and Classification in Art, Science and the Everyday, Travelling Exhibition - The Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, England, Harris Mueum and Art Gallery, Preston, England, Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, Scotland, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden, Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland
1996   Radical Images, 2nd Austrian Triennial on Photography, Neue Galerie
1995   Art as Witness, 1st Kwangju International Biennale, Seoul, Korea