''Russia''

2007, April 19 - June 02

ANDRES SERRANO

Galleri Charlotte Lund has the pleasure of presenting a solo exhibition of new work by the American artist Andres Serrano.

This is Serrano’s fourth exhibition at the gallery since “The Morgue” 1994, “A History of Sex” 1997 and “The Interpretation of Dreams” 2001. In this exhibition the artist is showing 8 - 10 large cibachrome photographs from his new series “Russia”, which consists of 27 portraits of Russians. In line with his earlier work, nothing is taboo for the artist. Serrano shows a cross section of Russian society, in which celebrities, political dissidents and the destitute are portrayed. Among those we meet are “Dimitri Ermolaev, Former Thug”, “Josph Kobzon, The People’s Artist of Russia” and “Valery Turnerov, Officer of The Russian Army”.

Aesthetically, the photographs have strong connections to classic portrait painting where the object is elevated and gives an impressive impact, something that also goes for the choice of light setting and background. The studio portraits are recognizable from Serrano’s earlier series “Klansmen”, “Nomads” and “America”.

Andres Serrano was born in 1950 in New York and studied at the Brooklyn Museum and Art School. He started exhibiting his work in 1980 and has had several solo exhibitions at museums, including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (1994), New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (1995), Malmö Konsthall (1996) and the Barbican Art Center, London (2001). The “Russia” series has been exhibited at the Moscow House of Photography ( 2005) and Collection Lambert, Musée d'Art Contemporain, Avignon (2006). Andres Serrano is represented by the Paula Cooper Gallery in New York.

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