The large format photographs were commissioned in by the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands and opened to both vehement protest and overwhelming attendance. This series of work, begun in Rome in and completed in Amsterdam in late , 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.
Andres Serrano "A History of Sex (The Kiss)"
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Andres Serrano at Paula Cooper, Mar. These works may be facile commodities for speculation -- c. Serrano has even had some controversy, though not here in New York knock wood. Serrano further shifted the emphasis away from the merely obscene by taking the sexual acts from the expected arenas of practice to pastoral settings for example, a meadow, the sea. Can't we have sex without a tied-up geisha?