Andres Serrano, ‘Cabeza de Vaca’, 1984, Phillips

Property from an Important Private European Collection

This work is an artist's proof from an edition of 4 plus artist's proofs.

Signature: signed, titled and numbered 'Andreas Serrano "Cabeza de Vaca" AP' on the reverse

Groningen, Groninger Museum, A History of Andres Serrano / A History of Sex, 23 February - 19 May 1997, no. 1, pp. 11 - 12 (another example exhibited)
Philadelphia, Institute of Contemporary Art; New York, The New Museum of Contemporary Art; Miami, Center for Fine Arts; Houston, Contemporary Art Museum; Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Andres Serrano: Works 1983 - 1993, 12 November 1994 - 4 February 1996, p. 12, pp. 23 - 24 and p. 46 (another example illustrated)

Stux Gallery, New York
Private Collection
Christie's, New York, 20 May 1999, lot 258
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

About Andres Serrano

Claiming, “I don’t think my work is shocking,” Andres Serrano is (in)famous for his unflinching color photographs of controversial subjects, including Ku Klux Klansmen, dead bodies, feces, handguns, and Catholic figurines submerged in bodily fluids. He is perhaps best known for Piss Christ (1987), a shockingly beautiful close-up of a plastic crucifix suspended in urine, which scandalized Jesse Helms during the American Culture Wars. Serrano’s photographs are shaped by his training in painting and sculpture and informed by his strict Roman Catholic upbringing. References to Catholic iconography and doctrine run throughout his work. Carefully composed, suffused with light, and saturated with color, his photographs appear painterly, their subjects framed with an eye towards such classical sculptural qualities as form, mass, and balance. “I call myself an artist with a camera,” Serrano explains, “because I studied painting and sculpture.”

American, b. 1950, New York, New York, based in New York, New York

Group Shows

New York,
Contemporary Magic
Palazzo Collicola Arti Visive, 
Spoleto, Province of Perugia, Italy,
Cortesie per gli ospiti
Time Magazine, 
New York, NY, USA,
The Most Influential Images of All Time
White Box Gallery, 
New York, NY, USA,
The Last Party
Berliner Dom, 
Berlin, Germany,
Du sollst dir (k)ein Bild machen
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