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
Nan Goldin Urban Theater: New York Art in the 1980s
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Fort Worth, TX
Sep 21, 2014 - Jan 4, 2015
Nan Goldin Classical Nudes and the Making of Queer History
Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
New York, NY
Oct 17, 2014 - Jan 4, 2015
Nan Goldin Blue Sky: The Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts at 40
Portland Art Museum
Portland, OR
Oct 18, 2014 - Jan 11, 2015

Nan Goldin In a Snap: The Art of Vernacular Photography
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Houston, TX
Nov 12, 2014 - Feb 22, 2015
Nan Goldin West:Berlin
Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin
Berlin, Germany
Nov 14, 2014 - Jun 28, 2015
Nan Goldin The New York Times Magazine Photographs
Hunter Museum of American Art
Chattanooga, TN
Nov 28, 2014 - Mar 22, 2015