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.


Download Press Packet (PDF 16 MB)
Biography
Bibliography
Museum Exhibitions
Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney's Collection
Whitney Museum of American Art
New York, NY
Apr 2, 2016 - Apr 2, 2017
Nan Goldin: The Ballad of Sexual Dependency
Museum of Modern Art
New York, NY
Jun 11, 2016 - Apr 16, 2017
Art AIDS America
Alphawood Gallery
Chicago, IL
Dec 1, 2016 - Apr 2, 2017

Terrains of the Body: Photography from the National Museum of Women in the Arts
Whitechapel Gallery
London, UK
Jan 18 - Apr 16, 2017
SNAP. Documentary and Portrait. Photography from the Collection
The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design - Museum of Contemporary Art
Oslo, Norway
Feb 17 - Sep 3, 2017
Home: American photography at the CU Art Museum
CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO
Mar 2 - Jul 15, 2017

Expanded Visions: Fifty Years of Collecting
Leslie-Lohman Museum
New York, NY
Mar 10 - May 21, 2017
Picturing Love: Photography’s Pursuit of Intimacy
Katonah Museum of Art
Katonah, NY
Mar 19 - Jun 25, 2017
HONEY, I REARRANGED THE COLLECTION: #2 Help Me Hurt Me. Between Care and Cruelty
Hamburger Kunsthalle
Hamburg, Germany
Apr 7, 2017 - Jan 7, 2018