Nan Goldin  (American, 1953) 

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Photographer Nan Goldin (American, b.1953) grew up in Boston, MA, where she started taking photographs as a teenager as a way of documenting the gay and transsexual communities she had been introduced to by her close friend and fellow photographer David Armstrong, (American, b.1954). In these early works, she maintained a particular focus on images of drag queens, which continued as a powerful motif throughout her work. She attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where she began creating a body of work that would later form the basis of her most well-known project, The Ballad of Sexual Dependency. This body of work consists of intimate portraits of her close friends presented in a slide show format, and celebrates alternative lifestyles and the emerging subcultures in New York City. She continued working on The Ballad throughout the next two decades, and expanded the project to include photographs taken during her travels in Europe.

In the 1990s, Goldin also began to document the effect of the AIDS epidemic, as she experienced the deaths of many of her close friends. Goldin curated the controversial show Witnesses: Against our Vanishing, which opened in New York in November 1989. The exhibition became the focus of a national debate when the National Endowment for the Arts withdrew its funding for the show after an essay was published in the catalogue directly criticizing several politicians. Goldin continues to document marginalized members of society in a familiar and personal manner, and has been the subject of numerous retrospectives at international institutions. In 2007, Goldin received the prestigious Hasselblad Award.

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Nan Goldin, Joey and Andres in Bed, Hotel Anschifer Hof, Berlin

 

Nan Goldin
Joey and Andres in Bed, Hotel Anschifer Hof, Berlin
1992

Auction: Apr 26, 2014
Santa Monica Auctions
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Nan Goldin, Yogo Putting on Powder

 

Nan Goldin
Yogo Putting on Powder
1992

Caviar20
Nan Goldin, Bea with Whip, Boston

 

Nan Goldin
Bea with Whip, Boston
1972

Caviar20
Nan Goldin, Honeymoon Suite, Berlin

 

Nan Goldin
Honeymoon Suite, Berlin
1994

Caviar20
Nan Goldin, In the Elevator at the Bauer. Venice, Italy.

 

Nan Goldin
In the Elevator at the Bauer. Venice, Italy.
2013

Fraenkel Gallery
Nan Goldin, Self-portrait in green, Sweden

 

Nan Goldin
Self-portrait in green, Sweden
2013

Fraenkel Gallery
Nan Goldin, Self-portrait on the train, Boston - New Haven

 

Nan Goldin
Self-portrait on the train, Boston - New Haven
Fraenkel Gallery
Nan Goldin, In My Hall, Berlin

 

Nan Goldin
In My Hall, Berlin
2013

Fraenkel Gallery
Nan Goldin, Shadow of a dead bird on Simon’s window, Stockholm

 

Nan Goldin
Shadow of a dead bird on Simon’s window, Stockholm
2013

Fraenkel Gallery
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Nan Goldin, Misty+Joey at Hornstrasse, Berlin

 

Nan Goldin
Misty+Joey at Hornstrasse, Berlin, 1992
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Nan Goldin, Joey on my roof

 

Nan Goldin
Joey on my roof, 1991
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Nan Goldin, Twilight at the arena, Arles, France

 

Nan Goldin
Twilight at the arena, Arles, France, 1997
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1953   Born in Washington, DC
1974   Attended Imageworks, Cambridge, MA
1977   B.F.A., School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University, Boston, MA
1977   Wilhelmina Jackson Fellowship, Marblehead, Mass.
1978   Fifth Year Certificate, School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University, Boston, MA
1978   Clarissa Bartlett Traveling Fellowship, Boston
1986   Recipient, Englehard Award from the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
1986   School of the Museum of Fine Arts Alumni Traveling Fellowship, Boston
1987   Recipient, Photographic Book Prize of the Year from Les Rencontres d'Arles, Arles, France
1987   Maine Photographic Workshop Book Award, Documentary Book of the Year
1987   Kodak Fotobuchpreis, Stuttgart
1989   Recipient, Camera Austria Prize for Contemporary Photography, Graz, Austria
1990   Recipient, Mother Jones Documentary Photography Award, San Francisco, CA
1990   Art Matters, Inc. Award, New York
1991   Recipient, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award
1991   Recipient, National Endowment for the Arts Grant, Washington, DC
1991   Artist in Residence, DAAD, Berlin, Germany
1994   Brandeis Award in Photography
2002   Foto España Festival Award
2006   French Legion of Honor
2008   Recipient, Hasselblad award for photography
  Lives and works in New York, NY and Paris, France
2012   Nan Goldin: Heartbeat, Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (solo)
2011   Fireleap, Sprovieri Gallery, London (solo)
Nan Goldin: Scopophilia, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York (solo)
2010   The Art of Collaboration with Bottega Veneta
2010   Nan Goldin, Rebecca Camhi Gallery, Athens, Greece (solo)
Nan Goldin. Berlin Work. Photographs 1984 – 2009, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Nan Goldin: Poste Restante, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
Les Visages et Les Corps, Louvre Museum, Paris, France (solo)
2009   The Art of Caring, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
Listen Darling… The World is Yours, Ellipse Foundation, Alcoitão, Portugal
Kids Behaving Badly, Clamp Art, New York, NY (solo)
Nan Goldin. Poste Restante: Slide Shows/Grids, C/O Berlin, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2008   Nan Goldin, Heart Beat, De Hallen, Haarlem, The Netherlands
2008   Nan Goldin, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki (solo)
2007   Nan Goldin: 2007 Hasselblad Award Winner, Hasselblad Center, Göteborg, Sweden (solo)
2007   Nan Goldin: Thanksgiving (from The Sir Elton John Photography Collection), BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England (solo)
2007   Nan Goldin: 1972–74 and The Other Side, a slide installation, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York (solo)
2007   Nan Goldin: Stories Retold, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
2006   Post War + Contemporary Art, Wrighy, Chicago, IL
Obra Gráfica y Seriada, Galería Argenta, Valencia, Spain
2006   Chasing a Ghost, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York (solo)
2005   Fantastic Tales: The Photography of Nan Goldin, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park, Penn. Traveled to Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, and The RISD Museum, Providence, R.I. (solo)
2005   Nan Goldin, Monika Sprüth/Philomene Magers, Munich (solo)
2005   STARDUST, Guido Costa Projects, Turin (solo)
2004   Sisters, Saints and Sibyls, La Chapelle de la Salpêtrièr (solo)
2003   Musee d'Art Contemporain de Montréal, Montreal (solo)
2003   Galerie Guy Bartschi, Geneva
2003   Nan Goldin: Heartbeat, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY
2002   Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2001   Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY
Le Feu Follet, Pompidou Center, Paris, France; traveled as Devil's Playground to Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, England; Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; Fundação de Serralves, Porto, Portugal, and Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy
2000   Scalo, Zurich, Switzerland
1999   Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, TX
White Cube, London, England
The Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, Hartford, CT
National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland
1998   Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY
Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, Yamaguchi, Japan
1998   Photographs, Galleri Faurschou, Copenhagen
1998   Love Streams, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm
1998   Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago
1998   Vaknin Schwartz, Atlanta
1998   Reflections Through a Golden Eye, 1975–1998, Gagosian Gallery,LA
1998   Jablonka Gallery, Cologne
1998   Couples and Loneliness, Parco Gallery, Tokyo
1997   Love Streams, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris
1997   foto, Galleri Stefan Andersson, Umea, Sweden
1997   Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Rrose is a Rrose is a Rrose: Gender Performance in Photography, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
1996   I'll Be Your Mirror, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY
Social Documents, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
1995   1995 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Public Information: Desire, Disaster, Document, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Ulmer Museum, Ulm, Germany
Centro d'Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland
1994   Die Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich, Switzerland
Die Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
1993   La Vida Sin Amor No Tiene Sentido, Fundacio La Caixa, Barcelona, Spain
1993 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England
1992   New Visions in Photography, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1991   Berlin Film Festival, Berlin, Germany
Pleasures and Terrors of Domestic Comfort, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Exploring the Unknown Self: Self-Portraits of Contemporary Women, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan
1990   An Army of Lovers, PS 122, New York, NY
The Indomitable Spirit, International Center of Photogrphy, New York, NY and Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1989   New Acquisitions, George Eastman House/International Museum of Photography, Rochester, NY
1988   Houston Foto Fest, Rice University Media Center, Houston, TX
1987   Twelve Photographers Look at the U.S., Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Art and Photography: Interactions Since 1946, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
1985   1985 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Currents, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
Self-Portrait Show, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1984   Portrait Show, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA (solo)
  Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
  Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
  Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
  Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
  Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
  Tate Gallery, London, England
  Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
  San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA