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This work, executed in 1984, demonstrates Andres Serrano’s fascination with taboo or controversial subjects. Serrano's Catholic background informs much of his work, as themes of life, death, sin, and grace are often present in his photographs. Exploring the relationship between pristine composition and vulgar subject matter, “Cabeza de Vaca” exemplifies the artist’s visually engaging imagery and singularly provocative style.

Known for his controversial subject matter, American photographer Andres Serrano (b.1950) often utilizes vulgar materials like bodily fluids to create willfully provocative and often controversial works. Born in Brooklyn, New York to a Honduran father and Haitian mother, Serrano studied art at the Brooklyn Museum Art School. His early works were influenced by the pre-war European art movements like Dada and Surrealism. His work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, including Stux Gallery, New York, NY; Yvon Lambert, Paris, France; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY; Museum of Contemporary Arts, Chicago, IL; and a retrospective at the Barbican Centre, London, England.

Selected Public Collections:

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Centro Cultural Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, Mexico
Institute of Contemporary Art, Amsterdam, Holland
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
Museum of Contemporary Arts / MAC's - Grand-Hornu, Belgium
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

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Provenance:
  • Stux Gallery, New York, NY Private Collection
  • Pickup Location: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 32.5 x 45 in. (82.55 x 114.3 cm.)
  • Framed Under: Plexi
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