Andres Serrano - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, February 28, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Stux Gallery, New York

  • Exhibited

    New York, Stux Gallery, Andres Serrano, 1990; Santa Fe, Laura Carpenter Fine Art, Image First: Eight Photographs for the 90s, May – June, 1993 (exhibited); Lancaster Hammond Galleries and Festical Gallery, Labyrinth of Spirit, July – August, 1993 (another example exhibited); Chicago, Feigen Gallery, Andres Seranno: Selected Works 1986 – 1992, November – December, 1992 (another example exhibited); Peekshill, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Repetition, 6 June, 2004 – 20 April, 2005 (exhibited)

  • Catalogue Essay

    I have always felt that my work is religious, not sacrilegious. I would say that there are many individuals in the Church who appreciate it and who do not have a problem with it. I think if the Vatican is smart, someday they’ll collect my work… I am drawn to the symbols of the Church. I like the aesthetics of the Church. I like Church furniture. I like going to Church for aesthetic reasons, rather than spiritual ones. In my work, I explore my own Catholic obsessions. An artist is nothing without his or her obsessions, and I have mine. One of the things that always bothered me was the fundamentalist labeling of my work as “anti-Christian bigotry.” As a former Catholic, and as someone who even today is not opposed to being called a Christian, I felt I had every right to use the symbols of the Church and resented being told not to.
    (Andres Serrano in conversation with Coco Fusco, Shooting the Klan: An Interview with Andres Serrano, High Performance Magazine, Fall 1991)


Red Pope I-III


Cibachrome print in the artist’s wooden frame in three parts.

Each: 165 x 114.5 cm.(65 1/4 x 45 1/8 in).

Numbered of four on a label adhered to the reverse of each panel. This work is from an edition of four.

£50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for £114,500

Contemporary Art Day Sale

29 Feb 2008, 2pm