Andres Serrano is one of the most famous American contemporary artists of his generation. His courageous confrontation of society, provocative subject matter, and extraordinary talent in conceiving and creating images have won him praise from the art community, but condemnation from conservative Christian groups. His oeuvre often incorporates bodily substances such as blood, urine, breast milk, and feces. In his most recent work, he has dealt with the subject of torture, referencing its frequent use by the US military in Iraq and elsewhere.
Serrano came to prominence when he presented his 1987 series “Immersion”. One of the works featured a cheap plastic Crucifix submerged in a glass of the artist’s own urine. Serrano’s stated intention was to criticize the cheap commercialism surrounding the Christian faith, but instead he was denounced and even received death threats from conservative groups. This and many other issues related to his work, and his own position as an artist dealing with provocative subject matter, will be discussed in our dialogue with this renowned American artist.