ANDRES SERRANO "BLOOD AND SEMEN", 1990
Andres Serrano (b.1950) is an American artist from New York who rose to prominence in the late 80’s with his controversial and critically praised "Immersions" series.
In these works, Serrano photographed religious figurines submerged in bodily fluids, including urine, blood, semen, and milk. Serrano was not necessarily seeking provocation, but rather he was exploring the aesthetic effects human fluids can produce when photographed. The outcome of this innovative approach is a haunting version of religious imagery.
Serrano continued to use bodily fluids (devoid of religious imagery or context) to create highly charged abstract compositions.
"Blood and Semen V" is archetypal Serrano. Produced at the heights of the AIDS crisis, Serrano's presentation of blood and semen is both menacing and elegant. The image depicts a mixture of blood and semen as if seen beneath a microscope. Significantly, both fluids carry productive and destructive powers. They can produce life through conception (or blood transfusions) or threaten life through complications from HIV/AIDS.
Serrano created this editioned work as part of a portfolio to raise funds for the not-for-profit organization Photographers + Friends United Against AIDS. Also included in the portfolio were editioned works by eleven other artists including Jeff Wall, Thomas Ruff, James Welling, Jenny Holzer, and Sarah Charlesworth amongst others.
The works of Andres Serrano can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), The Whitney Museum (NY), The Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), the Israel Museum (Jerusalem), the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, D.C.), among many others.
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"Blood + Semen V"
Signed and numbered in pencil on verso
From an edition of 25
20.75"H 28.5"W (framed)
Very good condition
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