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Andres Serrano

Thinker, 1988

Cibachrome print face-mounted to Plexiglas, in artist’s frame
45 3/10 × 32 7/10 in
115 × 83 cm
Edition 3/10
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This work is number 3 from an edition of 10.

This work is number 3 from an edition of 10.

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Signed, titled, numbered and dated 'THINKER 1988 3/10 Andres Serrano' on the reverse
Andres Serrano
American, b. 1950
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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.”

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About the work
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This work is number 3 from an edition of 10.

This work is number 3 from an edition of 10.

Signature
Signed, titled, numbered and dated 'THINKER 1988 3/10 Andres Serrano' on the reverse
Andres Serrano
American, b. 1950
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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.”

Andres Serrano

Thinker, 1988

Cibachrome print face-mounted to Plexiglas, in artist’s frame
45 3/10 × 32 7/10 in
115 × 83 cm
Edition 3/10
Bidding closed
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