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Andres Serrano: Infamous

16.11.2020

The provocative artist, Andres Serrano, currently has a solo show at Fotografiska (NY), titled "Infamous." From the press release, the exhibition "is a visual exploration of the long history of deeply-rooted racism in the United States." In the past year, with Black Lives Matter, this show becomes particularly relevant with its reflection on what it took to bring the US to this point in time.

Hamza Walker, Director of LAXART, wrote the text for the exhibit. According to Hamza, the series is a collection "of race-based and racist memorabilia the artist purchased in 2019. Some, such as a Malcolm X air freshener, are trivial, while others — a photograph of a Nazi-era Opera Box banner emblazoned with a swastika — remain radioactive. Although discrete, the themes constituting Serrano's bodies of work are never pre-determined. He moves from one theme to the next organically, as was the case for 'Infamous,' which are out of a previous project comprised exclusively of Trump memorabilia."

The exhibition showcases 30 photographic works. Each image depicts an object from Andres's infamous catalog. If you find yourself in New York, you can check out the show in person through March 14, 2021.

Infamous: Black Dolls - Sandy, Vintage Rag Doll © Andres Serrano, Courtesy Galerie Nathalie Obadia Paris and Brussels

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Infamous: Carnival Games - Chuck, Vintage Early 20s Century Board Game © Andres Serrano, Courtesy Galerie Nathalie Obadia Paris and Brussels

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Infamous: Flag Face, Circa 1890 American Flag © Andres Serrano, Courtesy Galerie Nathalie Obadia Paris and Brussels

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Infamous: Old Glory I-II, 1920’s American 48 Star Flag © Andres Serrano, Courtesy Galerie Nathalie Obadia Paris and Brussels

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Infamous: The Perfect Song Featuring Amos N Andy, 1930s Music Sheet © Andres Serrano, Courtesy Galerie Nathalie Obadia Paris and Brussels

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Installation view of Andres Serrano, Infamous. Courtesy of Fotografiska New York. Photo by Charles Benton

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Installation view of Andres Serrano, Infamous. Courtesy of Fotografiska New York. Photo by Charles Benton

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Want more? Check out “Infamous,” here.


Written by Rowynn Dumont


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