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You know, actually, like I am a so-called established figure, I do value the opinions of people like yourselves the underground press types because you're more on the edge and I identify with the edge, as always, I put myself on the line, and I want to take chances, that's what it's all about. At least in the art world. In previous incarnations he shot photos of guns, gave us naked dead bodies in the morgue, portraits of the Imperial Homeless and of course his hallmark Piss Christ.
A grainy video of four masked vandals running through an art gallery in Sweden, smashing sexually explicit photographs with crowbars and axes to the strain of thundering death-metal music, was posted on YouTube Friday night. This was no joke or acting stunt. They pushed visitors aside, entered a darkened room where some of the photographs were displayed and began smashing the glass protecting the photographs and then hacking away at the prints.
A few weeks ago i took advantage of a long morning in Brussels to visit Andres Serrano. Uncensored photographs at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts. A lot.
Throughout his career, the artist who has become known for creating beautiful, even stunning pictures from vulgar and repulsive materials such as urine, semen, and excrement, explored every form of human behavior and every piece of human body he could possibly think of. The New York-born artist shocked art experts and audience alike with both his choice of materials and subjects as corpses, homeless people, and Ku Klux Klan KKK members found their way into his art. Renowned for a passionate body of work that challenges artistic and societal boundaries, Andres Serrano oeuvre has become almost synonymous with shock art and brought him legions of fans around the globe including members of the heavy metal band Metallica who hired him to create cover art for their s albums Load and ReLoad.
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PHONE: Andres Serrano, American. Like his family, his predominantly Italian-American neighbors were devoutly Catholic, and religion played a significant part in his growing up - in school, at home and on the streets.
Today, similar battles over funding for the arts still rage. In TortureSerrano stages scenes of volunteers shackled, stripped, and hooded like tortured prisoners. Enter your email address below and get the latest and greatest stories from across The Standard World delivered to your inbox.