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
The Time. The Place. Contemporary Art from the Collection
Henry Art Gallery
Seattle, WA
Nov 4, 2017 - Apr 22, 2018
(un)expected families
Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Boston, MA
Dec 9, 2017 - Jun 17, 2018
America! America! How real is real?
Museum Frieder Burda
Baden-Baden, Germany
Dec 9, 2017 - May 21, 2018

The Beauty of Lines: Masterpieces from the Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla collection
Musée de l'Elysée
Lausanne, Switzerland
Jan 31 - May 6, 2018
Real Worlds: Brassaï, Arbus, Goldin
Museum of Contemporary Art
Los Angeles, CA
Mar 4 - Sep 3, 2018
Selves and Others: Gifts to the Collection from Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco, CA
Mar 24 - Sep 23, 2018

Dancing with Myself
Francois Pinault Collection: Punta della Dogana
Venice, Italy
Apr 8 - Dec 16, 2018
Analog Culture: Printer's Proofs from the Schneider/Erdman Photography Lab, 1981–2001
Harvard Art Museums
Cambridge, MA
May 19 - Aug 12, 2018