ANDRES SERRANO: selected works at Walter Otero Gallery
Considered one of the four American photographers responsible for pulling their medium into the mainstream of contemporary art, Andrés Serrano opens a selection of his works next Thursday, February 23 at 7:00 p.m. in Walter Otero Gallery, located at Las Cumbres Ave. This extraordinary show will remain open until May 4, 2006.
"Andrés Serrano: selected works" is composed by eight photographs in huge format, consisting of a special selection of works resulting from the most important series of this incredible artist, born in New York in 1950, son of a Honduran father and a Cuban mother.
This exhibit, as well as all his work, contains conflictive elements that defy traditional ideas. In Serrano's body of works coexists a provocative play between fascination and repulsion, between what's sacred and what's perverse. Nonetheless, there is a strong desire to profane limits and to find beauty where there is none, as well to be able to say things through his photography, even if it's unacceptable for some.
One of his most controversial works is Piss Christ (1987), in which Serrano immersed a crucifix in substances derived from corporal waste. After provoking a crisis at the National Endowment for the Arts, this particular photo became an icon that brought him to international prominence.
Homeless, members of the Ku Kux Klan, catholic priest, death and violence, as well as sexuality in its many expressions are common themes in his huge photographic work. Recently, Serrano showed in Moscow one of his latest series, called America, which consists of 116 portraits inspired by the 9/11 tragedy.
Beforehand, he showed 'Nomads', 'Morgue' and 'History of Sex', which drew excellent critique among experts of the contemporary art scene in the United States.
Mostly self-taught, -at 17 Andrés Serrano was admitted to the Brooklyn Museum School, institution he abandoned shortly to start his own quest in the art world- is during the 70's when he creates his first photographic series. In not until is first one-person exhibition in Brussels in 1987, that his work started to become internationally aclainmed. Since then, he has showed regularly in important museums and galleries in the United Status, Europe, Japan and Latin America.
His works are represented in many prestigious collections, among the ones are: the Whitney Museum of American Art, in Nueva York; the Reina Sofia Museum, in Madrid; the Institute of Contemporary Art, in Amsterdam; the Caps Musée d'Art Contemporain, in Bordeaux; the National Gallery of Australia, in Canberra; the Art Institute of Chicago, in Chicago; the Israel Museum, in Jerusalem, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, in Zagreb, Croatia.
For additional information regarding Andrés Serrano extraordinary selection of works, which is possible thanks to the cooperation of Paula Cooper Gallery, Nueva York, please call (787) 761-1247.
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