Controversial image is in the spotlight
According to the Christian Post Christie's is auctioning off a digital version of the infamous 1987 Piss Christ portrait for (NFT) Non-Fungible Token. Andres Serrano the creator said of his work: ‘It's not something I ever did to be controversial,’ says Andres Serrano of his 1987 photograph Piss Christ, which has become canonical as the foremost example of transgressive art. ‘I just did it to be myself.’
Piss Christ is a crucifix that is said to be submerged in a glass of Serrano's urine and gained notoriety in 1989 when a controversy arose US Senator Alphonse D’Amato "tore up an image of the photograph on the senate floor, calling it ‘a deplorable, despicable display of vulgarity". This incident is said to be the beginning of the debate over freedom of artistic expression.
Serrano stands by his work
Serrano addresses his critics with the following:‘They didn't care that I'm a Christian,’ says Serrano. ‘I’m an artist using the symbols of my faith: the body and blood of Christ.’ For Serrano, the visceral bodily materials employed in the photograph echo the nature of Christ’s suffering. ‘If Piss Christ offends you, then I’ve succeeded — at least in getting you to feel what happened during the crucifixion."
He also pointed out that at the time of death Christ urinated and defecated on Himself and medical science confirms that upon death the muscles relax causing these fluids to be released. I was told by hospice nurses that this may not be noticed in terminal patients who are dehydrated.
On November 30 Christie’s 3.0 debuted the original Piss Christ as the first non-fungible token by Serrano. It was part of Next Wave: The Miami Edit and the NFT was produced in collaboration with a/political, an organization dedicated to supporting and promoting artists who work within a "socio-political framework."