Red Brick Art Museum is proud to announce the opening of “Andres Serrano: An American Perspective,” the artist’s first solo show in China. The exhibition was curated by Yan Shijie, with assistance from Sun Wenjie. The exhibition will open on November 4, 2017 and run through February 25, 2018.
The exhibition takes an American perspective, presenting the artist’s most recent Made in China series, as well as key works from his past. Serrano’s calm perspective in describing reality and critical perspective in challenging social taboos provide us with two themes through which we can begin to discuss this controversial artist. The exhibition will present 53 works of photography and video from 16 of his major series. The exhibition will also feature Piss Christ (1987), Serrano’s most famous and controversial work, which depicts a crucifix submerged in urine.
Created this summer during the artist’s residency at Red Brick Art Museum, Made in China will be shown to the public for the first time at this exhibition. Serrano is Red Brick Art Museum’s first artist in residence and this was the artist’s first trip to China. Through the subject of Chinese marriages, he wanted to reflect the diversity of the “state of China.” He made a public call for recently-married couples, single men and women, and divorced people of different ages and social backgrounds who participated in a work on Chinese marriage. The participants wore formal attire and appeared in dramatic pictures, which explore marriage, love, relationships, and the deficiencies in these concepts and institutions. Made in China is Serrano’s most recent work, echoing Budapest (1994), America (2001), and Cuba (2012).
About the Artist
Andres Serrano lives and works in Manhattan. In 2017, he was made a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters in France. He has had solo exhibitions at the Petit Palais in Paris (France, 2017), La Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris (France 2016), the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium in Brussels (Belgium, 2016), the Collection Lambert en Avignon (France, 2016), the Fotografiska Museum of Stockholm (Sweden, 2015), the Château de Villeneuve, Fondation Emile Hugues in Vence (France, 2015), the Palais Fesch - Musée des Beaux-Arts in Ajaccio (Corsica, 2014), the Kulturen of Lund (Sweden, 2007), the Villa Croce Museo d’Arte Contemporanea in Genoa (Italy, 2006), the Williams College Museum of Art (USA, 2006), and the Moscow House of Photography (Russia, 2005).
He has also taken part in several significant group shows, including Slip of the Tongue at the Punta della Dogana, Pinault Foundation in Venice (Italy, 2016), Perfect Likeness: Photography and Composition at the Hammer Museum of Los Angeles (USA, 2016), Joie de Vivre at the Palais des Beaux Arts of Lille (France, 2016), Nothing but Blue Skies at the Rencontres de la photographie in Arles, (France, 2016), Love Stories during the Photaumnales 2016 in Beauvais (France, 2016), Todo Abierto at La Friche de la Belle de Mai in Marseille (France, 2016)，Le Mur at La Maison Rouge in Paris (France, 2014), NYC 1993 at the New Museum in New York (USA, 2013), Unsettled: Photography and Politics in Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia (USA, 2011), Autour de l’extrême at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris (France, 2010), Street & Studio: An Urban History of Photography at the Tate Modern in London (United Kingdom, 2008), and Traces du Sacré at the Pompidou Center in Paris (France, 2008).