American artist Andres Serrano, renowned for his controversial shock-art style, exhibits at Aspen’s Baldwin Gallery for the first time this winter. Not for the faint of heart, Serrano’s photographs have incorporated corpses, homeless people, and Ku Klux Klan members, as well as blood, feces, and religious figures submerged in bodily fluids. More recently, at the 2017 Frieze New York art fair, he showcased large-format portraits of celebrities, including one of Donald Trump sandwiched between images of a Mexican migrant and rapper Snoop Dogg.
The Baldwin show includes a series of striking portraits of Native Americans in traditional dress, photographed in the mid-1990s, as well as five of Serrano’s more avant-garde pieces (Viewer alert: bodily fluids make an appearance.). Ranging from straightforward to provocative, these works prompt us not just to look but to actively engage. February 16—March 11; 209 S. Galena St.