Andres Serrano, ‘Milk Cross’, 1987, Phillips

Signature: signed, titled and numbered 'Andres Serrano "Milk Cross" 2/10' on the reverse

Philadelphia, Institute of Contemporary Art; New York, The New Museum of Contemporary Art; Miami, Center for the Fine Arts; Houston Contemporary Art Museum; Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Andres Serrano Works 1983-1993, 1994-1996, cat., p 26 and p. 53 (another example illustrated)

Private Collection
Sotheby's, London, 21 October 2003, lot 323
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