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Nan Goldin Art

American, b. 1953

When Nan Goldin discovered a flourishing drag queen community as an 18-year-old navigating downtown Boston, it would mark the start of her widely influential photography career and lay the foundation of the seminal work that would follow years later — “The Ballad of Sexual Dependency,” an ongoing series of stark, flash-lit snapshots documenting her experiences with the LGBTQ+ scene, most notably during the AIDS epidemic.

Goldin was born in Washington, D.C., but raised in Massachusetts. She left home around age 13 or 14, moved into a commune and attended a free experimental high school called Satya Community School, where she began shooting Polaroids of herself as well as her classmates. She found inspiration in the work of Andy Warhol, Larry Clark, Diane Arbus, Weegee, August Sander and in the glossy pages of French and Italian Vogue. Goldin attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and moved to New York City soon after she graduated.

Goldin was particularly drawn to the avant-garde music scene in Manhattan in the late 1970s and early ’80s, and “The Ballad of Sexual Dependency” would include many photos taken in her newly adopted city. Goldin first exhibited the series at the Whitney Biennial in 1985 before publishing it as a book a year later. In its startling honesty, Goldin’s gripping portraits captured sexual relationships, frank drug use, intimate scenes in the homes of families, partying at bars, domestic violence and the AIDS-related horrors faced by those in the era’s LGBTQ+ community. More than 700 images were featured in exhibitions over the years compared to the book’s 127 portraits.

“‘The Ballad of Sexual Dependency’ is the diary I let people read,” wrote Goldin. “The diary is my form of control over my life. It allows me to obsessively record every detail. It enables me to remember.”

Goldin also felt that the project was autobiographical in a way, though only some of the images were self-portraits. “These were the people I lived with, these were my friends, these were my family, this was myself. I’d photograph people dancing while I was dancing. Or people having sex while I was having sex. Or people drinking while I was drinking. There was no separation between me and what I was photographing,” she told Bomb magazine.

Over the years, Goldin has collaborated with Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki and completed projects for Jimmy Choo and Bottega Veneta. While her work has broadened to include New York City skylines, portraiture and commercial fashion photography, her commitment to documentary-style honesty has never wavered. In 2006, as part of Goldin’s "Chasing a Ghost” exhibit in New York City, a presentation was projected on three screens involving videos, photography and a musical collage focused on her older sister, Barbara, who took her own life in 1965.

Among Goldin’s many accolades are her admission to the French Legion of Honor in 2006, the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in 2007 and the Lucie Award in 2014.

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60th New York Film Festival 2022 U.S. Poster Signed
By Nan Goldin
Located in New York, NY
Original 2022 U.S. poster by Nan Goldin for the 1963 festival New York Film Festival. Signed by Nan Goldin. Fine condition, rolled. Please note: the size is stated in inches and the ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Nan Goldin Art

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Variety 1983 British Double Crown Film Poster
By Nan Goldin
Located in New York, NY
Original 1983 British double crown poster by Nan Goldin for the film Variety directed by Bette Gordon with Sandy McLeod / Will Patton / Richard M. Davidson / Luis Guzman / Nan Goldin...
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1980s British Vintage Nan Goldin Art

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Paper

Variety 1983 French Moyenne Film Poster
By Nan Goldin
Located in New York, NY
Original 1983 French moyenne poster by Nan Goldin for the film Variety directed by Bette Gordon with Sandy McLeod / Will Patton / Richard M. Davidson / Luis Guzman / Nan Goldin. Very...
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1980s French Vintage Nan Goldin Art

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Paper

60th New York Film Festival 2022 U.S. Poster Signed
By Nan Goldin
Located in New York, NY
Original 2022 U.S. poster by Nan Goldin for the 1963 festival New York Film Festival. Signed by Nan Goldin. Fine condition, rolled. Please note: the size is stated in inches and the ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Nan Goldin Art

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60th New York Film Festival 2022 U.S. Poster
By Nan Goldin
Located in New York, NY
Original 2022 U.S. poster by Nan Goldin / Joseph Logan for the 1963 festival New York Film Festival. Fine condition, rolled. Please note: the size is stated in inches and the actual ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Nan Goldin Art

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Paper

Supreme Nan Goldin skateboard deck (Nan as a Dominatrix)
By Nan Goldin
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Nan Goldin Supreme Skateboard Deck: 'Nan as a Dominatrix, Cambridge MA' (1978/2018): Published in 2018 by Supreme New York Features Nan Goldin printed signature on verso From a sold...
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21st Century and Contemporary Feminist Nan Goldin Art

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Wood, Offset

Signed & Framed Nan Goldin Magnum Photographic Print, 1990
By Nan Goldin
Located in London, GB
For sale an original limited edition signed museum-quality Magnum/Aperture 6x6 photographic print by renowned American artist NAN GOLDIN. Titled "Drugs on the Rug. New York City,...
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Late 20th Century American Nan Goldin Art

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Paper

Bea with a whip at The Other Side
By Nan Goldin
Located in New York, NY
Nan Goldin Bea with a whip at The Other Side 1973 Gelatin silver print 14 x 11 inches; 36 x 28 cm Edition of 100 Signed, titled, dated, and numbered in graphite (lower right verso) ...
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1970s Contemporary Nan Goldin Art

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Silver Gelatin

Signed Nan Goldin Magnum Photographic Print, 1992
By Nan Goldin
Located in London, GB
For sale an original limited edition signed museum-quality Magnum/Aperture 6x6 photographic print by renowned American artist NAN GOLDIN. Titled "C and So competing for the Oscar,...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Nan Goldin Art

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Paper

Couple on the Blue Beach + Memory Lost & Sirens
By Nan Goldin
Located in 'S-GRAVENHAGE, ZH
This soundtrack to Nan Goldin’s Memory Lost and Sirens includes the original 1980’s recordings of answering machine tapes and interviews conducted in 2019. Memory Lost recounts a lif...
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2010s Nan Goldin Art

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C Print

Joey with Her New Breasts (NYC)
By Nan Goldin
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Nan Goldin (b. 1953) is one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century. Beginning in the 1970's Goldin took candid shots of her lovers and friends - especially drag qu...
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1990s Contemporary Nan Goldin Art

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Dye Transfer

Jimmy Paulette and Taboo! Undressing, NYC
By Nan Goldin
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Nan Goldin (b. 1953) is one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century. Beginning in the 1970's Goldin took candid shots of her lovers and friends - especially drag qu...
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1990s Conceptual Nan Goldin Art

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C Print

Apocalyptic Sky Over Manhattan, NYC 2001
By Nan Goldin
Located in London, GB
Nan Goldin Inkjet print 6 × 9 in 15.2 × 22.9 cm Edition of 200 Signed
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2010s Contemporary Nan Goldin Art

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Inkjet

C and So competing for the Oscar, Second Tip Bangkok, 1992
By Nan Goldin
Located in New York, NY
C and So competing for the Oscar, Second Tip Bangkok, 1992/printed later Signed in black ink, verso Chromogenic print 6 x 6 inches (15.24 x 15.24 cm), sheet 5.5 x 5.5 inches (14 x...
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1990s Contemporary Nan Goldin Art

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C Print

On the Beach, Boston
By Nan Goldin
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Nan Goldin (b. 1953) is one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century. Beginning in the 1970s, Goldin took candid shots of her friends and lovers, characters often li...
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15th Century and Earlier Post-Modern Nan Goldin Art

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Silver Gelatin

Supreme Nan Goldin skateboard deck
By Nan Goldin
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Nan Goldin Supreme Skateboard Deck: 'Misty and Jimmy Paulette in a Taxi, NYC' (1991/2018): Published in 2018 by Supreme New York Features Nan Goldin printed signature on verso From ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Feminist Nan Goldin Art

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Wood, Offset

Kenny putting on makeup
By Nan Goldin
Located in New York, NY
Nan Goldin Kenny putting on makeup 1973 Cibachrome 14 x 11 inches; 36 x 28 cm Edition of 100 Signed, titled, dated, and numbered in ink (lower right verso) Frame available upon reque...
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1970s Contemporary Nan Goldin Art

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C Print

Joana Topless at the Chateau le Bastion, 2000
By Nan Goldin
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Nan Goldin (b. 1953) began her career in the 1970's, as she took candid shots of her lovers and friends. In the 1980's she further documented her social circle, characters often liv...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Nan Goldin Art

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C Print

Cody in the Dressing Room
By Nan Goldin
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Nan Goldin (b. 1953) is one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century. Beginning in the 1970's Goldin took candid shots of her lovers and friends - especially drag qu...
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1990s Conceptual Nan Goldin Art

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C Print

Motel window, Palenque, Mexico
By Nan Goldin
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Nan Goldin (b. 1953) is one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century. Beginning in the 1970's Goldin took candid shots of her friends and lovers, characters, includi...
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1980s Conceptual Nan Goldin Art

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Dye Transfer

Aperture Drugs on the Rug. New York City
By Nan Goldin
Located in Bristol, GB
Digital print on Fuji Crystal Archive Matte paper Open edition Signed on the back, unnumbered Mint, as issued Magnum photos, sealed in original magnum packing, unopened Female Arti...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Nan Goldin Art

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Digital

Second Tip, Bangkok (1992), C Print on Paper, 2020 by Nan Goldin
By Nan Goldin
Located in London, GB
Second Tip, Bangkok (1992), C Print on Paper, 2020 C Print on paper Excellent / 'as new' condition. Signature on verso (please see pictures). 6 × 6 in 15.2 × 15.2 cm
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Nan Goldin Art

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Paper, C Print

My Bed, Hotel La Louisiane, Paris
By Nan Goldin
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Nan Goldin (b. 1953) is one of the most influential, yet arguably underrated, photographers of the 20th century. Beginning in the 1970's Goldin took candid shots of her friends and l...
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1990s Post-Modern Nan Goldin Art

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Dye Transfer

Butch in the Tub, NYC
By Nan Goldin
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Nan Goldin (b. 1953) is unquestionably one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century. Goldin was the first to use the "slide show" format in a high-art setting. Beg...
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1980s Conceptual Nan Goldin Art

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C Print

Nan Goldin "Jens' Hand on Clemen's Back, Paris"
By Nan Goldin
Located in New York City, NY
You can see her work in the permanent collections of The Whitney, The Tate and MoMA. And now, you can hang this powerful photographs on the walls of your own home. "Jens' hand on Cl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Nan Goldin Art

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Paper

Pink sky from airplane
By Nan Goldin
Located in New York, NY
Nan Goldin Pink sky from airplane 2000 Cibachrome 30 x 40 inches; 76 x 102 cm Edition of 15 Signed, titled, dated, and numbered in ink (verso) Available from Matthew Marks Gallery,...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Nan Goldin Art

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Photographic Film, C Print

Night view from my apartment, the Twin Towers, New York
By Nan Goldin
Located in New York, NY
Nan Goldin Apocalyptic Sky over Manhattan, NYC, 2001 Cibachrome 27 1/4 x 40 inches (image) 28 1/4 x 41 inches (frame) AP 1, Edition of 15 Signed verso on label Black painted wood fr...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Nan Goldin Art

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Color

Self-portrait in the taxi, Paris
By Nan Goldin
Located in New York, NY
Cibachrome print Signed, titled, dated, and inscribed, verso This photograph is offered by ClampArt, located in New York City.
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Early 2000s Contemporary Nan Goldin Art

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Color

Raymonde in the train in sunlight, Sète
By Nan Goldin
Located in Tbilisi, GE
Cibachrome mounted on aluminum Edition of 15
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Nan Goldin Art

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C Print

Bea with a whip at The Other Side
By Nan Goldin
Located in New York, NY
Bea with a whip at The Other Side 1973 Signed in pencil, verso; Also stamped with date, titled, and edition information, verso Gelatin silver print (Edition of 100) 13.25 x 8.875 ...
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1970s Nan Goldin Art

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Silver Gelatin

Bobby masturbating, New York City [Bobby at home]
By Nan Goldin
Located in New York, NY
Vintage chromogenic print, hand-printed by the artist Signed, titled, and dated, verso The photograph is offered by ClampArt, located in New York City. Literature: Jack Ritchey, et...
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1980s Other Art Style Nan Goldin Art

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C Print

Geno in the lake, Bavaria
By Nan Goldin
Located in New York, NY
Cibachrome print Signed, titled, dated, and inscribed, verso This photograph is offered by ClampArt, located in New York City.
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1990s Contemporary Nan Goldin Art

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Self-portrait in my room, Berlin
By Nan Goldin
Located in New York, NY
Cibachrome print Signed, titled, dated, and inscribed, verso This photograph is offered by ClampArt, located in New York City.
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1990s Contemporary Nan Goldin Art

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Self-portrait in party hat, New Year's Eve, "Renaissance," Malibu
By Nan Goldin
Located in New York, NY
Cibachrome print Signed, titled, dated, and inscribed, verso This photograph is offered by ClampArt, located in New York City.
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Early 2000s Contemporary Nan Goldin Art

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Color

Nan Goldin art for sale on 1stDibs

Find wide variety of authentic Nan Goldin art available for sale on 1stDibs. If you are looking for art to add a pop of color to a neutral corner of your living room or bedroom, you can find work that includes elements of pink, yellow and other colors. You can also search for art by Nan Goldin in print, film, photographic film and more by medium. Much of this artist's original work was created during the 21st Century and Contemporary, and is mostly associated with the Contemporary style. Not every interior allows for large Nan Goldin art, so small editions measuring 5.989999771118164 inches across are available. Customers interested in this artist might also find the work of Jonathan Becker, Luke Smalley and Frank Yamrus. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $200 and tops out at $17,400 while the average work can sell for $3,800.

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