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  • Catalogue Essay

    From religious iconography to the Ku Klux Klan, Andres Serrano has always embraced controversial subjects in an effort to explore his own relationship with the complex ideologies of contemporary culture. In his Immersions series, created between 1985 and 1990, Serrano submerged small plastic figures of, among other things, the Pope (lot 208), a classical bust (lot 209) and, most notoriously, the Crucifix (lot 207), in a vat of his own bodily fluids, which he then photographed. Serrano’s work constantly pushes the boundaries of taste and acceptability, forcing viewers to confront images that are at once discomforting yet visually engaging.

208

White Pope from Immersions

1990
Dye destruction print.
59 1/2 x 39 1/2 in. (151.1 x 100.3 cm).
Signed, titled and numbered 3/4 in pencil on the verso.

Estimate
$25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for $27,500

Photographs

9 April 2011
New York