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Holy Works is the culmination of Andres Serranos vision of Christian iconography, reinterpreted photographically for the present. Serranos intention with these works is not to recreate specific medieval or renaissance religious paintings, nor to invest them with the iconoclasm that made his name in the 1980s, but rather to renew the genre of sacred portraiture: Rather than destroy sacred icons, says the artist, I reinvent and reinforce them. Serranos subjects for this series are selected from among his friends and acquaintances, emphasizing (like Caravaggio before him) the ordinariness of human features. The genres and themes are familiar, and Holy Works includes a Last Supper and a Stations of the Cross (rendered as a triptych panel), as well as bolder portrayals typical of Serrano--a Blood Madonna and a Chinoise Madonna, for example. This volume is Serranos major statement of his religious and artistic belief.
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