Nan Goldin

As a teenager in Boston in the 1960s, then in New York starting in the 1970s, Nan Goldin has taken intensely personal, spontaneous, sexual, and transgressive photographs of her family, friends, and lovers. In 1979 she presented her first slideshow in a New York nightclub, and her richly colored, snapshot like photographs were soon heralded as a groundbreaking contribution to fine art photography. The Ballad of Sexual Dependency—the name she gave her ever-evolving show—eventually grew into a forty-five-minute multimedia presentation of more than 700 photographs, accompanied by a musical soundtrack.

Goldin first exhibited at Matthew Marks Gallery in 1992. Her work has been the subject of two major touring retrospectives: one organized in 1996 by the Whitney Museum of American Art and another, in 2001, by the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and Whitechapel Art Gallery, London. Recent exhibitions include the slide and video presentation Sisters, Saints & Sybils at La Chapelle de la Salpêtrière, Paris, contributions to the 40th Les Rencontres d'Arles in 2009, and Goldin's Scopophilia exhibition that was part of Patrice Chéreau's special 2011 program at the Louvre. Goldin was admitted to the French Legion of Honor in 2006 and received the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in 2007. In 2012 The Macdowell Colony awarded Goldin the Edward MacDowell Medal for her enduring vision and creativity. Also in 2012, The Museu de Arte Moderna in Rio de Janeiro mounted an exhibition of Goldin’s work. Goldin lives and works in Paris and New York.

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Gallery Exhibitions

Museum Exhibitions
HONEY, I REARRANGED THE COLLECTION: #2 Help Me Hurt Me. Between Care and Cruelty
Hamburger Kunsthalle
Hamburg, Germany
Apr 7, 2017 - Jan 7, 2018
From the Cavern to the Moon: A Journey Through the Collection of the Pecci Centre
Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci
Prato, Italy
Apr 8, 2017 - Jan 28, 2018
AIDS at Home: Art and Everyday Activism
Museum of the City of New York
New York, NY
Opens May 23, 2017

This Is Not a Selfie: Photographic Self-Portraits from the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection
San Jose Museum of Art
San Jose, CA
Aug 25, 2017 - Jan 14, 2018
Show and Tell
Malmö Kunstmuseum
Malmö, Sweden
Sep 30, 2017 - Jan 7, 2018
Nan Goldin
Portland Museum of Art
Portland, ME
Oct 6 - Dec 31, 2017

Nan Goldin: Kathleen
Pioneer Works
New York, NY
Dec 1, 2017 - Feb 11, 2018
(un)expected families
Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Boston, MA
Dec 9, 2017 - Jun 17, 2018