Artist Andres Serrano defends buying signs from homeless

One of the many signs Andres Serrano bought for $20 from people asking for help on the streets of New York City  (CreativeTime Reports)

One of the many signs Andres Serrano bought for $20 from people asking for help on the streets of New York City (CreativeTime Reports)

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Controversial artist Andres Serrano speaks to guest host Terry O'Reilly about his latest project, Signs of the Times: a collection of roughly 200 handwritten signs by homeless or struggling Americans.

Serrano has faced criticism for purchasing the signs and presenting them in aggregate as art -- a project some dismiss as an exploitative display. But Serrano's supporters say the re-presentation of the signs makes them more visible, and the artist himself argues that they tell the story of modern poverty.

"It's just a matter of degrees. The homeless may be the extreme but a lot of people in America are hurting," he said.

What do you think of the signs featured in the video excerpt below? Which, if any, give you pause? Do you read signs like these in their everyday context? Do you respond?



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