Andres Serrano

Born on August 15, 1950, in New York, the American artist Andres Serrano first came to public attention with his controversial work Piss Christ (1987), depicting a crucifix submerged in the artist’s urine. Other notorious projects include photographs of recently deceased bodies, and a series of portraits of Ku Klux Klan members. In the late ’80s and early ’90s his works were a flashpoint in what became known as the “culture wars,” inspiring a national debate on freedom of expression and the public funding of controversial art in America.Jerry Saltz is a Pulitzer Prize–winning American art critic and columnist for New York magazine and previously The Village Voice.