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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Museum Exhibitions
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

Belief + Doubt: Selections from the Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz Collection
NSU Art Museum
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Aug 26, 2016 - Jan 22, 2017
Inside: Artists and Writers in Reading Prison
HM Prison Reading
Reading, UK
Sep 4 - Dec 4, 2016
Sargent to Basquiat: University of Vermont Alumni Collections
Fleming Museum of Art
Burlington, VT
Sep 22 - Dec 16, 2016

Telling Tales: Contemporary Narrative Photography
McNay Art Museum
San Antonio, TX
Sep 28, 2016 - Jan 15, 2017
Behold the Man - 100 Years, 100 Faces
Museum de Fundatie
Zwolle, Netherlands
Oct 1, 2016 - Jan 15, 2017
Dancing with Myself: Self-portrait and Self-invention Works from the Pinault Collection
Museum Folkwang
Essen, Germany
Oct 7, 2016 - Jan 15, 2017

Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York
Museum of the City of New York
New York, NY
Oct 7, 2016 - Feb 26, 2017
On the Verge of an Image: Considering Marjorie Keller
Gamble House
Pasadena, CA
Oct 8 - Dec 11, 2016
Art AIDS America
Alphawood Gallery
Chicago, IL
Dec 1, 2016 - Apr 2, 2017

Thicker than water. Family concepts in contemporary art
Villa Merkel
Esslingen am Neckar, Germany
Dec 18, 2016 - Feb 26, 2017