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Andres Serrano
Andres Serrano

Andres Serrano (born August 15, 1950) is an American photographer who has become most notorious for his controversial piece "Piss Christ", a red-tinged photograph of a crucifix submerged in the artist's own urine. This is a copyrighted promotional photo with a known source. ... This is a copyrighted promotional photo with a known source. ... August 15 is the 227th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (228th in leap years), with 138 days remaining. ... 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Photography is the process of making pictures by means of the action of light. ... Piss Christ Piss Christ is a controversial photograph by the artist Andres Serrano. ... A crucifix amidst the cornfields near Mureck in rural Styria, Austria A handheld crucifix. ... Urine is liquid waste excreted by the kidneys and is produced by the process of filtration. ...


Life

Serrano is from a half Honduran, half Afro-Cuban background and was raised a strict Roman Catholic. The New-York-born artist studied from 1967 to 1969 at the Brooklyn Museum and Art School, and lives and works in New York. The term Afro-Cuban refers to descendants of African slaves in Cuba, and to cultural elements in Cuba thought to emanate from this community. ... The Roman Catholic Church, most often spoken of simply as the Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with over one billion members. ... Nickname: The Big Apple Motto: Official website: City of New York Location Location in the state of New York Government Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Geographical characteristics Area Total 468. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday For other uses, see Number 1969. ... Brooklyn Museum, Eastern Parkway, 2005 The Brooklyn Museum, located at 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York, is the second largest art museum in the City, and one of the largest in the United States. ...


His work has been exhibited in locations as varied and prestigious as the Episcopal Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City and a retrospective at the Barbican Arts Centre in London (2001). The Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Washington DC is the National Cathedral of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. ... The Cathedral of St. ... Nickname: The Big Apple Motto: Official website: City of New York Location Location in the state of New York Government Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Geographical characteristics Area Total 468. ... Barbican Arts Centre and lakeside terrace Interior - concert hall foyer; library and gallery above Image:Barbican New Hall with Orchestra Corp of London. ... London is the capital city of the United Kingdom and of England. ...


Work

Serrano's work as a photographer tends toward relatively large prints of about 20 by 30 inches (0.5 by 0.8 m), which are produced by conventional photographic techniques (as opposed to digital manipulation). He has shot a vast array of subject matter including portraits of Klansmen, morgue photos, and pictures of burn victims. He went into the New York subways with lights and photographic background paper to portray the bedraggled homeless as art objects, as well as producing some rather tender but occasionally decidedly kinky portraits of couples. One of these last shows what Adrian Searle of The Guardian described as "a young couple, she with a strap-on dildo, he with a mildly expectant expression." [1] Members of the second Ku Klux Klan at a rally during the 1920s. ... The Guardian is a British newspaper owned by the Guardian Media Group. ...


Many of Serrano's pictures involve bodily fluids in some way--depicting, for example, blood (sometimes menstrual blood), semen (for example, "Blood and Semen II" (1990)) or mother's milk. Within this series are a number of works in which objects are submerged in bodily fluids. Most famous of these is "Piss Christ" (1987), a photograph of a plastic crucifix in a glass of urine. This caused great controversy when first exhibited (see Piss Christ for more details). Serrano, alongside other artists such as Robert Mapplethorpe, became a figure whom some attacked for producing offensive art while others defended in the name of artistic freedom (see the American "culture wars" of the 1990s). Red blood cells (erythrocytes) are present in the blood and help carry oxygen to the rest of the cells in the body Blood is a circulating tissue composed of fluid plasma and cells (red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets). ... The menstrual cycle is the periodic change in a womans body that occurs every month between puberty and menopause and that relates to reproduction. ... This article is about male ejaculatory fluid. ... A glass of cows milk Milk most often means the nutrient fluid produced by the mammary glands of female mammals. ... Urine is liquid waste excreted by the kidneys and is produced by the process of filtration. ... Piss Christ Piss Christ is a controversial photograph by the artist Andres Serrano. ... Robert Mapplethorpe (November 4, 1946 – March 9, 1989) was an American photographer, famous for his large-scale, highly-stylized black & white portraits, photos of flowers and male nudes. ... Artistic Freedom is the right (or privilege, when working with anothers work) to create art without restrictions regarding content or style. ... The term culture war has been used to describe ideologically-driven and often strident confrontations typical of American public culture and politics since at least the 1980s. ...


The most famous and notorious of Serrano's work plays on the relationship between beautiful imagery and vulgar materials, his subject matter often drawing from the potentially controversial and, perhaps, the willfully provocative. Guardian art critic Adrian Searle was not impressed in 2001: he found that Serrano's photos were "far more about being lurid than anything else... In the end, the show is all surface, and looking for hidden depths does no good." [2]


Serrano's works "Blood and Semen III" and "Piss and Blood" are used as the covers of rock band Metallica's Load and Reload albums, respectively. Metallica is an American heavy metal band formed in October 1981. ... Load is the sixth album by American heavy metal band Metallica, released in 1996. ... Reload is the seventh album by American heavy metal band Metallica, released in 1997. ...


External links

  • Artcyclopedia web page providing some useful Serrano links
  • Art In Context Serrano page
  • Annotated transcription of U.S. Senate discussion about "Piss Christ"
  • Story about Piss Christ gallery closing, as well as attacks on the image itself (includes image)

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Andres Serrano - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (497 words)
Andres Serrano (born August 15, 1950) is an American photographer who has become most notorious for his controversial piece "Piss Christ", a red-tinged photograph of a crucifix submerged in the artist's own urine.
Serrano is from a half Honduran, half Afro-Cuban background and was raised a strict Roman Catholic.
Serrano's work as a photographer tends toward relatively large prints of about 20 by 30 inches (0.5 by 0.8 m), which are produced by conventional photographic techniques (as opposed to digital manipulation).
Artmosphere (404 words)
Andres Serrano became subject to notoriety in 1998 as a result of a cultural and political scandal when his work “Piss Christ” of 1987 caused a heated debate in the USA about the freedom of art and its state financing.
Serrano´s colour photograph of a Christ figure submerged in a glass of urine struck conservatives as blasphemy.
Serrano represents members of the Ku Klux Klan or monks and nuns like icons in their habits in front of a monochrome background.
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