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 900 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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Museum Exhibitions
Picturing Artists
Parrish Art Museum
Water Mill, NY
Nov 1, 2015 - Oct 30, 2016
A Decade of Collecting Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
Saint Louis Art Museum
St. Louis, MO
Jan 29 - Jul 17, 2016
Borrowed Light: Selections from the Jack Shear Photography Gift
The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, NY
Feb 6 - Aug 14, 2016

Outsiders: American Photography and Film, 1950s — 1980s
Art Gallery of Ontario
Toronto, Canada
Mar 12 - May 29, 2016
Physical: Sex and the Body in the 1980s
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Los Angeles, CA
Mar 20 - Jul 31, 2016
Body & Soul
The Essl Museum
Klosterneuburg, Austria
Apr 6 - Jun 30, 2016

Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney's Collection
Whitney Museum of American Art
New York, NY
Apr 27, 2016 - Feb 12, 2017
Nan Goldin: The Ballad of Sexual Dependency
Museum of Modern Art
New York, NY
Jun 11, 2016 - Feb 12, 2017
Public, Private, Secret
International Center of Photography
New York, NY
Jun 23, 2016 - Jan 8, 2017

Tough & Tender
National Portrait Gallery
Canberra, Australia
Jul 15 - Oct 16, 2016