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Andres Serrano, Heaven and Hell

Andres Serrano Heaven and Hell, 1984

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Andres Serrano, Heaven and Hell
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    Long Island City - United States

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  • Medium

    Photography : cibachrome

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    Photography on plexiglass

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    Numbered and limited to 10 copies

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    33 x 45 x 1 inch

  • Framing

    Black wood frame

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    Medium: Cibachrome Print Front-Mouted to Plexiglas, signed, titled, and numbered on verso
    Edition: 9/10
    Size: 27.5 x 40 inches (69.9 cm x 101.6 cm)
    Frame: 32.5 x 45 inches

    In Heaven and Hell, Andres Serrano challenges the benevolence of the Catholic Church while also taking on the sexualization of violence against women. The work was made in collaboration with political artist Leon Golub, who appears in the photograph wearing the red robes of a Cardinal, subtly smiling as he looks away from the blood-splattered nude who is bound and suspended next to him. Serrano said of the work, "I'm referring to the relationship the Church has with women, whether they are aware of women as human beings or just take them for granted and dismiss them."

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    • nudes

    • religion

    • sex

    • violence

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Andres Serrano

Born in: 1950

United States

Famous artist

Andres Serrano is known and acknowledged for his cutting tone, his anticlerical position (author of "Crucifix" immersed in urine) or by his uncompromising prints on torture. Born in 1950 in New York, the photographer is of Afro-Cuban and Honduran origin. He studied art at the Brooklyn Museum Art school, the young man turned towards photography and defined himself to be an artist, from all angles. He draws his inspiration through iconoclast Marcel Duchamp. Théodore Géricault nourishes his creations, like his photo series "The Morgue" testify. Andres Sarrano is fascinated by death and focuses on the details of the corpses bodies. He uses his photos to decipher social problems and probes the notions, pertaining to religion and sex. Andres Serrano triggers emotions in the political scene, on the extreme right and in the Catholic world. However, his photo "Piss Christ" triggered violent and polemic reactions in USA. On 17th April 2011, one of his works was vandalized by UMP parliamentarians in the Lambert collection. Some years later, in 2007, several of his creations went through the same thing in a Swedish art gallery in Lundl, by a group of Neo-Nazis. They didn't understand the reflection behind the provocation. With a momentum of humanism, Andres Serrano puts the men of the shadows in the limelight, through his portraits of the homeless, who he calls "nomad", "resident" or "inhabitant", with respect. He also presents the one who is no longer presented: Trump. An out of sync and undermined look. "I use photo just like a painter uses his canvas" says the artist. Andres Serrano did his first exhibition in 1985, a long dedication to the four corners of the world. Recently, maison de la photographie in Paris dedicated a retrospective to him, following the one from Barbican Arts Center of London in 2001, or the Lambert collection in 2006. He received a grant by the National Endowment for the Arts Grants. Several books decipher the work of the artist by renowned critics, like Daniel Arasse «The Morgue », 1993 or « Andres Serrano, Le sommeil de la surface » in Actes sud.
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