Andres Serrano's A History of Sex

The photographer places an aspect of human nature in stark relief

By Lisa Strouss
Published on LatinoLA: March 30, 2005

Andres Serrano's A History of Sex

The Erotic Museum presents a one-man show of images from the series "A History of Sex" by Andres Serrano for the first time on the West Coast. This new series of work, begun in Rome in 1995 and completed in Amsterdam in late 1996, explores the diversity of lifestyles and sexual practices of human beings.

As in previous series by Serrano (Fluids, The Morgue, The Church, or Nomads), the artist is examining the larger issues of life: birth and death, bodily functions, social status, religion, ethnicity. In A History of Sex, Serrano sets out once again to put an aspect of human nature in stark relief.

The works are portraits, with an emphasis on individual character. Many of the titles bear the names of those who posed for the photographs, and in most works the subject or subjects look directly at the camera. This matter-of-fact stance of the subjects may seem in marked contrast to their actions.

Significantly, most of the subjects are not the buff-bodied, super-endowed humans of pornographic fare but ordinary people. Also portrayed are the elderly and those with unusual physical attributes (such as dwarves and contortionists), types that are not often associated with sexuality. Serrano further shifted the emphasis away from the merely obscene by taking the sexual acts from the expected arenas of practice to pastoral settings such as a meadow or the sea.

A History of Sex opens at The Erotic Museum from April 14 to August 1, 2005.
Curated by Carlos Batts. Courtesy of the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 14, 2005
VIP/Press Preview: 5 to 7pm. Public Opening: 7 to 11pm.
*Out of Print First Editions of A HISTORY OF SEX signed by Andres Serrano will be available for purchase on opening night only. Limited to 20 books.

The Erotic Museum is located at 6741 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028.
Phone: 323 463 7684 / Fax: 323 463 7650 / Online: www.theeroticmuseum.com

About Lisa Strouss:
The mission of The Erotic Museum is to educate the public about human sexuality by creating entertaining exhibitions regarding the broad range of mankind's erotic endeavor through the ages.

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