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Introduction"My desire is to preserve the sense of people's lives, to endow them with the strength and beauty I see in them. I want the people in my pictures to stare back." Nan Goldin
Nan Goldin is the impassioned historian of love in an age of fluid sexuality, glamour, beauty, violence and death. Recognised as one of the world's most compelling photographers, her work has had a lasting impact on film, design and fashion as well as the fine arts.
Goldin is best known for her photographs of people living marginal lifestyles, taken in cosmopolitan centres such as New York, London, Berlin, Tokyo and Paris. Working directly from personal experience, she captures moments that cumulatively tell stories of friendship, desire and their aftermath. Her work traverses the spectrum of human relations from love to isolation, betrayal, loss and self-revelation. Emotionally charged, and shot in intensely saturated hues, these images provide a slice of contemporary history, recounted through the lives of those close to her and characterised by an unposed and private take on her subjects.
A prolific photographer, Goldin edits her images into differing narrative sequences that focus both on the individual and on wider thematic issues.
The human figure has remained at the core of Goldin's photography, captured with grit, exuberance, sensuality, tenderness and pathos. Collectively, her works provide a profoundly humanistic take on sexuality and capture the spirit of our times.Bio
1953 Born in Washington DC 1974 Imageworks, Cambridge, Massachusetts 1977 B.F.A, School of the Museum of Fine Arts / Tufts University, Boston lives and works in Paris AwardsBrandeis Award in Photography, 1994
Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, 1991
DAAD, Artists-in-Residence Program, Berlin, 1991
National Endowment of Arts, Washington, DC, 1991
Mother Jones Documentary Photography Award, San Francisco, 1990
Art Matters, Inc., New York, 1990
Camera Austria Prize for Contemporary Photography, Graz, 1989
Maine Photographic Workshop Book Award, Documentary Book of the Year, 1987
Photographic Book Prize of the Year, Les Rencontres d'Arles, 1987
Kodak Photobuchpreis, Stuttgart, 1987
Englehard Award, Boston, 1986
School of the Museum of Fine Arts Alumni Traveling Fellowship, Boston, 1986
Clarissa Bartlett Traveling Fellowship, Boston, 1978
Wilhelmina Jackson Fellowship, Marblehead, MA, 1977PublicationsLiebmann, Lisa. “Goldin’s Years,” in ARTFORUM, October 2002.
Garratt, Sheryl. “The Dark Room,” in Life: The Observer Magazine, 6 January 2002.
Bracewell, Michael. “Landmarks in the Ascent of Nan,” in The Independent on Sunday, 14 November 1999.
Danto, Arthur C. “Nan Goldin’s World” in The Nation, 2 December 1996.
Cooper, Dennis. “The Ballad of Nan Goldin,” in Spin, November 1996.
Hughes, Robert J. “Goldin Years,” in The Wall Street Journal, 12 May 2000.
Jenkins, Nicholas. “Nan Goldin’s Manhattan,” in The Times Literary Supplement, 11 July 1997.
Kimmelman, Michael. “Nan Goldin,” in The New York Times, 23 October 1998.
Lacayo, Richard. “Shots Through the Heart,” in Time, 21 October 1996.
Reilly, Maura. “Nan Goldin at Matthew Marks” in Art in America, May 1999.
Schjeldahl, Peter. “A Fine Rawness” in The New Yorker, 16 November 1998.
Schjeldahl, Peter. “Goldin Age” in Vogue, March 1995.
Smith, Roberta. “A Piaf With a Camera Sings of Self,” in The New York Times, 4 October 1996.Exhibitions
2006 Fantastic Tales: The Photography of Nan Goldin, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia 2005 Fantastic Tales: The Photography of Nan Goldin, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park, Pennsylvania Nan Goldin, Monika Spruth/Philomene Magers, Munich STARDUST, Guido Costa Projects, Torino, ¬ Italy 2004 Sisters, Saints, and Sybils, La Chapelle de la Salpêtrière, Paris 2003 Musee d’Art Contemporain de Montreal, Quebec (catalogue) Galerie Guy Bartschi, Geneva Heartbeat, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York 2001 Le Feu Follet, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Traveled as Devil’s Playground to Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; Still on Earth to Reina Sofia, Madrid; Fundação de Serralves, Porto; Castello di Rivoli, Turin; and Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw Memory Lost!, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York Studio Casoli, Milan and Rome 2000 Scalo, Zurich 1999 Nan Goldin: Recent Photographs, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik The Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, Connecticut Thanksgiving, White Cube/Jay Jopling, London 1998 Photographs, Galleri Faurschou, Copenhagen Love Streams, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago Nan Goldin: New Photographs, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York Vaknin Schwartz, Atlanta Reflections Through a Golden Eye, 1975-1998,Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles Jablonka Gallery, Cologne Couples and Loneliness, Parco Gallery, Tokyo Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, Yamaguchi-city, Japan 1997 Love Streams, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris foto, Galleri Stefan Andersson, Umea, Sweden 1996 I’ll Be Your Mirror, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Traveled to Kunstmuseum, Wolfsburg; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Fotomuseum, Winterthur; Kunsthalle, Vienna; and Prague Gandy Gallery, Prague Nan Goldin: Children 1976-1996, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York 1995 Nan Goldin: The Ballad of Sexual Dependency and New Photographs, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York Rebecca Camhi Gallery, Athens Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva The Golden Years, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris Art and Public, Geneva Jane Corkin Gallery, Toronto The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, Ulmer Museum, Ulm, Germany Gallery M & R Fricke, (with Kiki Smith), Düsseldorf 1994 Die Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin A Double Life, Bruno Brunnet Fine Arts, (with David Armstrong), Berlin; Traveled to Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco Tokyo Love, Shiseido Artspace, (with Nobuyoshi Araki), Tokyo 1993 A Double Life, Matthew Marks Gallery, (with David Armstrong), New York Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin Galerie Fotohof, Salzburg, Austria The Other Side, 1972-1993, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York Stelling Gallery, Leiden, The Netherlands ICAC Weston Gallery, Tokyo La Vida Sin Amor No Tiene Sentido, Fundacio “la Caixa,” Barcelona Ludwig Forum fur Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany Robert Klein Gallery, (with Philip-Loca di Corcia), Boston Balladen om det sexuella beroendet, Fotografiska Museet, Moderna Museet, Stockholm Galerie Marktschlobchen, Halle, Germany 1992 Fotoarbeiten 1972-1992, DAAD Galerie, Berlin Obsessions, Orangerie München, Munich The Ballad of Sexual Dependency/ The Cookie Mueller Portfolio, Galerie m, Bochum, Germany PPS Galerie, Berlin Separate Worlds, (with Gundula Schulze), Kunst-Werke, Berlin Stelling Gallery, Leiden, The Netherlands Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne 1991 Life/Loss/Obsession, Fotografische Sammlung, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany PPS Galerie, Hamburg Thomas Segal Gallery, Boston Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica The Other Side, Boston, 1972-1974/Hi Girl, New York City 1990-1991, Galerie du Jour, agnes b., Paris Forum Stadtpark, Graz, Austria Berlin Film Festival, Germany Galerie Urbi et Orbi, Paris 1990 Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York The Cookie Portfolio 1976-89, Photographic Resource Center, Boston 1989 Brandts Kaedefabrik, Odense, Denmark Mira Gallery, Stockholm Finnfoto, Helsinki 1988 Indiana University Gallery, Bloomington Couples, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon Thomas Segal Gallery, Boston Ballad of Sexual Dependency, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago Houston Foto Fest, Rice University Media Center, Texas Real Art Ways, Hartford 1987 Les Recontres d'Arles, Arles, France Film in the Cities, Minneapolis Middendorf Gallery, Washington, DC 1986 The Ballad of Sexual Dependency Burden Gallery, Aperture Foundation, New York Jay Gorney Modern Art, (with Tim Rollins + K.O.S), New York 1985 Currents, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston Christminster Gallery, New York 1977 Atlantic Gallery, (with David Armstrong), Boston 1973 Project, Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts
2005 Getting Emotional, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Boston Landscape/Cityscape, Marlborough Gallery, New York Inside Out Loud: Visualizing Women’s Health in Contemporary Art, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri 2004 Out of Place, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin, Germany About Face: Photographic Portraits from the Collection, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois Faces in the Crowd: Picturing Modern Life from Manet to Today, Whitechapel Gallery, London East Village USA, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York PILLish: Harsh Realities and Gorgeous Destinations, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, Colorado In Bed, The Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota Aichi, JapanIn Bed, The Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota Aichi, Japan Perspectives @ 25: A Quarter Century of New Art in Houston, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Texas Artists’ Favourites, ICA Galleries, The Mall, London Fictioning Fashion, Museum of Modern Art, New York Likeness: Portraits of Artists by Other Artists, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco Inside Out: Portrait Photographs from the Permanent Collection, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York Social Strategies: Redefining Social Realism, Schick Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York Double Takes, transformations through the lens, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University Wirklich Wahr! Realitätsversprechen von Fotografien, Ruhrlandmuseum Essen, Germany 2003 Urban Dramas, De Singel International Kunstcentrum, Antwerp, Belgium Family Ties, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts Enchanted Evening, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York Flesh Tones: 100 Years of the Nude, Robert Mann Gallery, New York American Beauty: From Muybridge to Goldin, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney The Auroral Light: Photographs By Women, The Grolier Club, New York Both Sides of the Street: Celebrating the Corcoran’s Photography Collection, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington Social Strategies: Redefining Social Realism, University Art Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara; Travels to University Galleries, Illinois State University, Illinois; DePauw University Art Gallery, Greencastle, Indiana Imperfect Innocence, The Debra and Dennis Scholl Collection, Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, Lake Worth, Florida The family: an exhibition of photography, The Gallery at Windsor, Vero Beach, Florida To Eat or not to Eat: Or the relations of art with questions of eating, Centro de Arte de Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain Contemporary Photography from the Harn Museum Collection, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida Only Skin Deep, Changing Visions of the American Self, International Center of Photography, New York Pictures of You, Galeria Estrany – De la Mota, Barcelona 2002 Sex, Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles, California Mask or Mirror? A Play of Portraits, Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts Cars; Surrounding Interiors, Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Acquisitions 2001, Part I: Photographs, Video Installations, Video, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens Inside Cars, Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Traveled to Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, Massachusetts; and the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Family, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut Visions from America: Photographs from The Whitney Museum of American Art, 1940-2001, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York Moving Pictures, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Travels to Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain New York: Capital of Photography, The Jewish Museum, New York; Travels to Musée de l'Elysée Lausanne, Switzerland The Nude in 20th Century Art, Kunsthalle in Emden, Germany 2001 Tenth Anniversary Exhibition, 100 Drawings and Photographs, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York Settings and Players, White Cube/Jay Jopling, London Collaborations with Parkett 1984 to Now, The Museum of Modern Art, New York 1999 Angles of Incidence, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York Photographs: A Decade of Collecting, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York The 46thBiennial Exhibition, Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington, DC Couples, Cheim and Read, New York Essenbilder Dörrie / Priess, Hamburg Photography Now, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans Rendez-vous #2, Collection Lambert en Avignon, Avignon, France Rendez-vous #1, Collection Lambert en Avignon, Avignon, France Food for Thought, New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit, New JerseyViews from the Edge of the World, Marlborough Gallery, New York Views from the Edge of the World, Marlborough Gallery, New York Spring Visiting Faculty, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts Through the Looking Glass, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, New York 1998 Emotions and Relations, Hamburger Kunsthalle Remix, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, Nantes, France 1997 The 90s: A Family of Man?, Casino Luxembourg, Forum d’Art Contemporain, Luxembourg Family and Friends, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago Identity Crisis: Self-Portraiture at the End of the Century, Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin Rrose is a Rrose is a Rrose: Gender Performance in Photography, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York Countenance, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria Rineke Dijkstra, Nan Goldin, Mike Kelley, Sharon Lockhart Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam Defining Eye: Women Photographers of the 20th Century, The Saint Louis Art Museum; Traveled to The Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe; The Mead Museum of Art, Amherst; and The Wichita Art Museum, Kansas 1996 By Night, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris The American Trip: Larry Clark, Nan Goldin, Cady Noland, Richard Prince, The Power Plant, Contemporary Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto Nudo & Crudo, Claudia Gian Ferrari Arte Contemporanea, Milan Hospice: A Photographic Inquiry, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Traveled to Wexner Center, Columbus, Ohio Urgence, CAPCMusée d’Art Contemporain, Bordeaux Social Documents, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles Happy End: Zukunfts-und Endzeitvisionen der 90er Jahre, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany The Photographic Collections of the City of Paris: New Acquisitions, Une aventure contemporaine, la photographie 1955-1995, Maison européenne de la photographie, Paris Sugar Mountain, White Columns Gallery, New York Sex and Crime: Von den Verhältnissen der Menschen, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany Pictures of Modern Life, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels Passage a l’Acte, Galerie Jennifer Flay, Paris Biennale of Sydney, Australia It’s a She-Thing: Representations of Women in the Rivendell Collection, Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York 1995 Public Information: Desire, Disaster, Document, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art ; Traveled to The Power Plant, Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York In a Different Light, University Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, University of California at Berkeley Faculty Works on Paper, Yale University School of Art, New Haven Photography Today, Sonje Museum of Contemporary Art, Kyongju, Korea Fémininmasculin: Le Sexe de l’Art, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris Boston School, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston Mother Jones 1989-1995, Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City . . . It’s How You Play the Game, Exit Art / The First World, New York Altered States: American Art in the 90’s, Forum for Contemporary Art, St. Louis Camera Craft, Judy Ann Goldman Fine Art at Beth Urdang Gallery, Boston Art Against Aids, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen Close to Life, International Foto-Triennial, Esslingen, Germany