Piss Discus

Collection Pérez Art Museum Miami, promised gift of Charles Cowles

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

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Andres Serrano - Torture, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
2015
Pair(s), Maison Particulière, Brussels
2014
Miami Exhibition, Vohn Gallery
2013
Image Search: Photography from the Collection, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)