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Nan Goldin Photography

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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Artist: Nan Goldin
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 Photography

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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 Photography

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Wood, Offset

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 Photography

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Dye Transfer

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 Photography

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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 Photography

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Silver Gelatin

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 Photography

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Wood, Offset

Drugs on the rug
By Nan Goldin
Located in New York, NY
Drugs on the rug 2016 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 14 cm), image This work is offered by ClampArt in...
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2010s Contemporary Nan Goldin Photography

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Archival Pigment

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 Photography

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Dye Transfer

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 Photography

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C Print

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...
Category

1990s Conceptual Nan Goldin Photography

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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 Photography

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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 Photography

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Color

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 Photography

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Photographic Film, C Print

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 Photography

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C Print

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 Photography

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C Print

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 Photography

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Color

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 Photography

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Silver Gelatin

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 Photography

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Color

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 Photography

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C Print

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 Photography

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Color

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 Photography

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Color

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69th Parallel 2
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North Edge of Denver, Colorado
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Robert Adams North Edge of Denver, Colorado c. 1980, printed 2003 Gelatin silver print 7 x 7 inches; 18 x 18 cm Frame: 17 1/4 x 15 1/2 inches; 44 x 39 cm Signed, titled, and dated in...
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Folded Corner
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Paul Sietsema Folded Corner 2011 Lambda C-print 18 1/2 x 14 1/8 inches; 47 x 36 cm Edition of 25 Signed, dated, and numbered in ink (verso) Frame available upon request Folded Corne...
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Harney County, Oregon
By Robert Adams
Located in New York, NY
Robert Adams Harney County, Oregon 2005 Set of four photogravures Each image: 19 7/8 x 15 5/8 inches; 51 x 40 cm Each frame: 29 x 25 inches; 74 x 64 cm Edition of 30 Each signed, ...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Nan Goldin Photography

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Equilibres
By Peter Fischli & David Weiss
Located in New York, NY
Peter Fischli / David Weiss Equilibres 1984–85/2006 Limited-edition book with photograph in linen-bound portfolio Photograph: 12 1/4 x 9 1/8 inches; 31 x 23 cm Book: 9 1/4 x 7 3/4 x...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Nan Goldin Photography

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Linen, Mixed Media, Photographic Paper, Black and White, Archival Pigment

Sunset@St. Petersburgh
By Darren Almond
Located in New York, NY
Darren Almond Sunset@St. Petersburgh 2007 C-print Image: 10 5/8 x 14 1/4 inches; 27 x 36 cm Frame: 18 1/8 x 22 1/8 inches; 46 x 56 cm Edition of 20 Signed and numbered in ink (lower ...
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Fullmoon@Beacon
By Darren Almond
Located in New York, NY
Darren Almond Fullmoon@Beacon 1999-2004 C-print mounted on aluminum in artist’s frame 48 x 48 inches; 122 x 122 cm Edition of 5 Signed in ink (verso) Available from Matthew Marks G...
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Cuttings
By Thomas Demand
Located in New York, NY
Thomas Demand Cuttings 2014 Set of six pigment prints Each image: 14 3/8 x 19 3/8 inches; 37 x 49 cm Each sheet: 20 5/8 x 26 inches; 52 x 66 cm Each frame: 22 1/2 x 26 3/4 inches; 5...
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Fullmoon@Very
By Darren Almond
Located in New York, NY
Darren Almond Fullmoon@Very 2001 Lambda print Photograph: 47 3/4 x 48 inches; 121 x 122 cm Frame: 49 1/2 x 49 1/2 inches: 126 x 126 cm Edition of 5 Signed in ink (lower right verso)...
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After Chardin
By Lucian Freud
Located in New York, NY
Lucian Freud After Chardin 2000 Etching on White Somerset Textured Paper 30 3/4 x 37 3/4 inches; 78 x 96 cm Edition of 46 Initialed and numbered in graphite (lower recto) Frame avail...
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