Andres Serrano is an American photographer who is notorious for his controversial images of subjects such as corpses in morgues, Ku Klux Klansmen, and the homeless. Perhaps best known for his work Piss Christ, which depicts a crucifix submerged in a glass jar of the artist's urine, the masterful quality of Serrano's color saturated prints is unparalleled, transcending the label of "shock art" to challenge outdated notions of beauty and taboo. He is the recipient of numerous awards and grants from organizations such as the New York State Council on the Arts, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Cintas Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Serrano was an artist-in-residence at P.S.1's National and International Studio Program at Long Island City, NY in 1985.
Interview with the Artist
1. Who's your favorite artist?
2. If you found $20, what would you do with it?
It's funny you ask the question because once, in the seventies, I was broke and on drugs and one rainy night I found a $20 dollar bill on the sidewalk and that twenty has meant almost as much to me as all the money I've ever made. I ate a meal with it.
3. What's your guilty pleasure?
Cheese at midnight.
4. What would you want your last meal on earth to be?
5. The world would be a better place if...
My answer to this question is revealed in this video, which I felt compelled to write, make, and post.